More human remains were found in the drought-stricken Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas, authorities said.
It is the fourth time since May that remains have been uncovered as drought forces the shoreline to retreat along the shrinking Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam.
National Park Service officials said rangers were called to the reservoir between Nevada and Arizona around 11 a.m. local time Saturday after skeletal remains were discovered at Swim Beach.
Rangers and a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police dive team went to recover the remains.
Park Service officials said the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office will try to determine when and how the person died while investigators review missing persons records.
On May 1st, a barrel containing human remains was found near Hemenway Harbour. Police believe the remains were those of a man who died from a gunshot wound, and the body was likely dumped in the mid-1970s to early 1980s.
Less than a week later, authorities said human skeletal remains were found in Callville Bay.
More recently, partial human remains were found in the Boulder Beach area on July 25.
Police have speculated that more remains could be discovered if the water levels at Lake Mead continue to recede.
The discoveries have fueled speculation about long-unsolved missing persons and murders stretching back decades – to organized crime and the early days of Las Vegas, just a 30-minute drive from the lake.
The lake surface has dropped more than 52 m since the reservoir was full in 1983.
The drop in lake levels comes as science says the world is warming.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/drought-hit-lake-mead-reveals-more-human-remains-as-shoreline-retreats-41895916.html Drought-stricken Lake Mead reveals more human remains as shoreline recedes