For the third time since May, Human remains were found On the dry shore of Lake Mead, near Las VegasAn artificial reservoir whose level is constantly decreasing under the effects of prolonged drought.
The National Parks Service said in a statement that authorities were notified by a witness who made the gruesome discovery at the swimming beach site on Monday afternoon, July 25.
Two bodies have already been removed
According to images broadcast by local TV station Fox 5, the human remains were near the shore and were on the surface of the water. Rangers went to the scene and extricated the body, leaving it to the Clark County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death, the agency said, without providing further details on the body’s condition.
Two bodies have already been removed since May, which recently fell to a historic low. One of these bodies in particular caught the attention of the police and the public: the skeleton of a man shot in the head, stuffed in a barrel and thrown to the bottom of the lake about forty years ago.
Twenty years of drought
Las Vegas police estimate the murder may have occurred in the late 1970s or early 1980s, when the underworld was active in the gaming capital. Not officially identified. At the time of the discovery, police predicted more bodies would be exposed as the level of Lake Mead dropped.
Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir built along the course of the Colorado River, reached 365 meters above sea level. But after more than 20 years of drought, it was only 317 meters on Tuesday, the lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s. The lake is currently losing about a foot every week.
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