More human remains
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Less than a week after boaters found a body in a barrel along the water’s edge, additional human remains have been found in drought-stricken Lake Mead.
Human remains found in barrel as Lake Mead drops to historic low amid drought
A barrel containing human remains was discovered in Lake Mead, Nevada, over the weekend as a historic drought swept the West.
Las Vegas metro police fear that more bodies will be found, officials told a local news station.
National Park Service rangers responded to a call Saturday that human skeletal remains were discovered in Callville Bay in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The Clark County medical examiner was reportedly called to determine the cause of death.
The receding waters of Lake Mead, the country’s largest artificial reservoir, have fallen to historic lows.
Levels are so shallow that a barrel containing skeletal remains was found on Sunday submerged in mud in Las Vegas.
On May 1, boaters found a body hidden in a barrel near the port of Lake Mead. The barrel appears to be stuck in the mud and may have been exposed due to low water levels.
“We were mooring our boat back home and we heard a woman scream,” said Shauna Hollister.
“My husband walked in and found the body. His shirt and belt were the only thing we could see above his decaying bones.”
Police suspect that the person in the barrel, believed to be a man, was killed in the late 1970s or 1980s.
Officials say the site where the barrel was discovered was half a mile offshore when police suspected the fatal victim had been dumped.
The lake was experiencing record levels around this time.