More human remains have been discovered, according to authorities, in Lake Mead’s drying waters.
Since May, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has discovered human remains four times.
According to a statement from the National Park Service, in the most recent occurrence, park rangers received a call on Saturday morning about bone remains in the Swim Beach area.
Divers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department assisted park service rangers in setting up a cordon along the beach to recover the remains. To ascertain the cause of death, a coroner was also contacted.
At least three separate sets have already been discovered at the lake, where water levels have fallen to historically low levels as a result of the West’s ongoing water problem.
According to officials, the previously uncovered remains, which included a body that was discovered in a corroding barrel with a gunshot wound, were in an advanced state of decomposition and difficult to extract DNA from.
The age of the most recent remains discovered in the lake is unknown. According to Lt. Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the case is not currently being handled by the homicide unit.
The investigation into a different body, which was discovered in a barrel near Hemenway Harbor on the lake on May 1, is being handled by the police department. According to a prior interview with CNN’s Johansson, the deceased had a clear gunshot wound, and detectives started looking into it as a homicide.
Anytime you find a person in a barrel, someone else was undoubtedly involved, he asserted.
Since then, homicide by gunshot has been officially ruled as the cause and manner of death by Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse. The coroner’s office gave the remains the name Hemenway Harbor Doe, and according to authorities, they belonged to a person who passed away in the mid-1970s and early-1980s.
According to Rouse, a second set of remains, discovered on May 7 in Calville Bay, are thought to be those of a person who was roughly between the ages of 23 and 37.
It is unknown how that guy passed away. According to Rouse, the Calville Bay remains are more skeletal than the other two sets, both of which still retain organ tissue that can be examined.
According to Rouse, the third set of remains, which were discovered at the lake’s Swim Beach on July 25, are just incomplete and are now undergoing preliminary analysis.
The lake lies on the boundary between Arizona and Nevada.
Although rumors of mob involvement arose immediately in response to the horrifying finds in the diminishing lake, Johansson claimed that at this stage of the investigation, those theories are “just speculation.”
One possibility for the remains, according to a National Park Service spokeswoman, is that they could be those of persons who drowned at the lake in the past when water levels were high.
The greatest artificial reservoir in the nation, Lake Mead, was 1,225 feet above sea level at its height in the 1980s. Water levels this year, however, have fallen to their lowest point since the reservoir was constructed in the 1930s as a result of the ongoing megadrought.
According to NASA, Lake Mead was just 27 percent full as of July 18, 2022.
The Park Service reported in early July that the water levels have dropped so much that they have disclosed a sunken World War II-era vessel in addition to multiple bodies.