LAS VEGAS — A physique inside a barrel was discovered over the weekend on the the newly uncovered backside of Nevada’s Lake Mead as drought depletes one of many largest U.S. reservoirs — and officers predicted the invention might be simply the primary of extra grim finds.
“I would say there is a very good chance as the water level drops that we are going to find additional human remains,” Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Spencer informed KLAS-TV on Monday.
The lake’s degree has dropped a lot that a water consumption at drought-stricken Lake Mead grew to become seen final week. The drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River behind Hoover Dam has turn into so depleted that Las Vegas is now pumping water from deeper inside Lake Mead.
Personal gadgets discovered contained in the barrel indicated the particular person died greater than 40 years in the past within the Nineteen Eighties, Spencer mentioned.
He declined to debate a explanation for loss of life and declined to explain the gadgets discovered, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Police plan to succeed in out to specialists on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to investigate when the barrel began eroding. The Clark County coroner’s workplace will attempt to decide the particular person’s identification.
Boaters noticed the barrel Sunday afternoon. National Park Service rangers searched an space close to the lake’s Hemenway Harbor and located the barrel containing skeletal stays.
Lake Mead and Lake Powell upstream are the biggest human-made reservoirs within the U.S., a part of a system that gives water to greater than 40 million folks, tribes, agriculture and business in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and throughout the southern border in Mexico.