First, the drought came. Then the organs begin to wash away.
For more than a decade, water levels have plummeted in Nevada’s Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in Clark County, Las Vegas, and one of the largest in the United States. On May 1, the water receded due to the area drought leads officials to a horrifying discovery on the shore of a reservoir: a metal barrel containing a corpse that was dumped in the water more than 30 years ago, CNN reported.
Just days later, more human remains turned up in Lake Mead’s Callville Bay, said a National Park Service (NPS) representative. said in a statement. A witness said “human remains” were found around 2 p.m. local time on May 7, and NPS rangers responded to the call and recovered the remains.
They contacted the Clark County Medical Examiner for a bone analysis, but the cause of death has yet to be determined and at the time there was “no evidence of foul play,” officers said. told KTNV Las Vegas.
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A representative from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) alleges that clothing and shoes were found on the decomposing body in the bin \ that the person died “between the mid 70’s and early 80’s ” said in a statement.
“We believe this is a gunshot wound homicide,” said LVMPD Killer Division Lieutenant Ray Spencer. The identity of the victim is unknown at this time, but such information “will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as information becomes available,” the LVMPD representative said.
The sisters found the second set of remains – a human jawbone with teeth attached – on an exposed sandbar while they were boating on the lake, ABC News reported.
Lake Mead supplies more than 40 million people across seven states and into northern Mexico; it was formed by the Hoover Dam and fed by the Colorado River, and it is located about 30 miles (48 km) east of Las Vegas, according to NPS. At full capacity, Lake Mead holds 9.3 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters) of water, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory (ANCHOR). But the last time the reservoir was near full capacity was in 1999, and water levels have been steadily decreasing since then. Temperature warming is driven by climate change NEO is reportedly exacerbating a persistent drought, possibly the region’s worst drought in more than 1,000 years.
In August 2020, Lake Mead’s water reached only about 35% of its capacity. On May 9, this year, Lake Mead’s water level was measured about 1,052 feet (321 meters) above sea level – about 162 feet (49 m) lower than in 2000 and the lowest recorded since 2000. since the 1930s, CNN reported.
With no end to the severe drought in the area, many of the reservoir’s long-hidden and macabre secrets could emerge from the depths, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said. Vegas Oscar Goodman said.
“It’s impossible to predict what we’ll find in Lake Mead,” Goodman told the Navajo-Hopi Observer. “Not a bad place to dump a body.”
Originally published on Live Science.
https://www.livescience.com/drought-lake-bodies Submerged human corpses rise from drought-stricken Lake Mead