Fourth set of human remains found at Lake Mead

More human skeletal remains were found Saturday on a Lake Mead beach, the fourth group of remains found at the lake where water levels have dropped dramatically in recent years due to a prolonged drought, authorities said.

Park rangers responded to a call about the discovery of the remains at Swim Beach in Lake Mead National Recreation Area around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Park Service. They were assisted in their investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s dive team.

The skeletal remains are the second set found at Swim Beach.

Authorities did not provide any further information about the discovery. A spokesman for the Clark County office of the Coroner-Medical Examiner could not be reached for comment.

This is the fourth time since May that human remains have been discovered at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, which dropped to an unprecedented low during a 22-year drought. The lake provides water for 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland in several states in the Southwest, including California.

The first skeletal remains were found in a barrel in May and likely belonged to a gunshot victim killed in the 1970s or 1980s, officials said.

Six days later, more remains were found in Callville Bay. A third set was recovered from the lake’s swimming beach last month.

Authorities believe the region’s extreme drought and falling Lake Mead will mean they will uncover more remains. None of the remains discovered have been identified.

In addition to human remains, the receding waters have uncovered watercraft, including a WWII-era boat that had been in service at the lake before sinking. Fourth set of human remains found at Lake Mead

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