Josey was found by other boaters on the lake, alone and asleep wearing a life jacket. After being questioned by authorities, the then four-year-old revealed that they'd been swimming when Naya pushed him up onto the boat before disappearing under the surface of the water. This led to the belief that she had "mustered enough energy to get her son back into the boat, but not enough to save herself."
A frantic search for the actor ensued, finally resulting in Naya's body being recovered some five days later. She was 33. Naya was laid to rest on July 24 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles in a small private service.