New human remains were found this weekend at Nevada’s Lake Mead, days after a decomposed body was found in a metal barrel on the lake’s shrinking shoreline.
A witness reported seeing human skeletal remains at 2 p.m. local time Saturday at Callville Bay in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the National Park Service said in a release.
Park rangers responded and established a perimeter to recover the remains. Clark County medical examiner will determine cause of death.
The investigation is underway.
The discovery comes nearly a week after remains were found on May 1 in a barrel near Lake Mead, which was uncovered by receding water levels.
That victim is believed to have been murdered between the mid-1970s and early 1980s on the basis of clothing and footwear used to find the victim, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. statement then.
“We believe this was a homicide from a gunshot wound,” said Lieutenant Ray Spencer.
That victim was also awaiting identification and information about the cause of death from the Clark County medical examiner.
Water levels at Lake Mead — the nation’s largest reservoir — have hit historic lows, reaching an inlet valve in April that first began supplying Nevada customers in 1971.
Lake Mead and Lake Powell upstream are the largest man-made reservoirs in the US, part of a system that supplies water to more than 40 million people, tribes, agriculture and industry in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming and across the southern border into Mexico, according to The Associated Press.