More human remains discovered as drought dries up Lake Mead



LAS VEGAS — More human remains have been found in the drought-stricken Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday.

It’s the fourth time since May that remains have been discovered as western drought forces the shoreline to retreat into the narrowing 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. Saturday after skeletal remains were found at Swim Beach.

Rangers and a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police dive team went to retrieve the remains.

Park Service officials said the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will attempt to determine when and how the person died as investigators review missing persons records.

On May 1, a barrel containing human remains was found near the port of Hemenway. Police believe the remains were those of a man who died of a gunshot wound and the body was likely disposed of in the mid-1970s to early 1980s.

Less than a week later, authorities say human skeletal remains have been found in Calville 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 as the water level in Lake Mead continues to drop.

The discoveries have sparked speculation of missing persons and unsolved murder cases for decades – all the way to organized crime and the beginnings of Las Vegas, which is just a 30-minute drive from the lake.

The surface of the lake has dropped more than 170 feet (52 meters) since the reservoir was full in 1983.

The drop in lake levels comes as a large majority of peer-reviewed scientists say the world is warming, mainly due to rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the world. ‘atmosphere.

Scientists say the western United States, including the Colorado River Basin, has gotten hotter and drier over the past 30 years.


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