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More human remains discovered at Lake Mead

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Less than a week after boaters found a body in a barrel at the water’s edge, additional human remains have been found at drought-stricken Lake Mead.

National Park Service rangers responded on Saturday to a name indicating that human skeletal remains had been found at Callville Bay in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Clark County Medical Examiner was reportedly contacted for the cause of death.

As it stands, there are no indicators of foul play, Nexstar’s KLAS sources inform.

This investigation is currently ongoing.

On May 1, boaters found a body hidden in a barrel near a harbor in Lake Mead. The barrel appears to have been stuck in the mud and was uncovered due to low water levels.

“We were docking our boat to go home and heard a woman screaming,” witness Shawna Hollister said. “My husband walked over and found the body. His shirt and belt were the only thing we could see above his rotting bones.

Police suspect the person inside the barrel, believed to be a person, was murdered in the late 70s or 80s. The location where the barrel was found was half a mile from shore when police suspect the homicide victim was dumped, officers say. The lake was experiencing record ranges around this point.

The coroner’s office is still working to determine the remains. Police say they have collected “several dozen” ideas for the remains and are still taking information from the community.

A KLAS intelligence team found a second barrel shortly after the first barrel was discovered, but investigators decided it was empty.

Two retired Las Vegas police officers are currently offering a reward to divers who discover more bodies in Lake Mead. They say they will provide $5,000 for any additional leftovers.

The ongoing extreme drought leads to various unlucky discoveries in the water. Last month, the top of a water drinking pipe became visible above water level following the drop in lake levels.

Lake Mead recently fell below 1,056 feet in elevation. The extents of lakes are expressed in altitude and not in depth.

At its highest ranges, the lake is close to 1,225 feet.


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