Their statement added: "Naya was more than just an actor on our show - she was our friend".
Authorities revealed that while they may never truly know what happened last week when she disappeared, they believe they have enough information to call her a hero.
Her family also acknowledged the people who helped locate her. "Thank you to the men and women of the Ventura, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Departments for your commitment and unwavering effort to find Naya", their statement continued. "After Josey was found, he told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake, and he got back in the boat, but she did not".
Josey, Rivera's 4-year-old son, was found asleep on the floating vessel when the pontoon boat wasn't returned to the rental company on time.
Johnny Depp a violent misogynist, court told
Earlier, Sherborne had referred to evidence given by Heard that Depp had thrown his former girlfriend Kate Moss down the stairs. Some legal experts say Depp's reputation will have trouble recovering, even if The Sun is forced to retract its claim.