Authorities have found more human remains at Nevada’s Lake Mead, where a body was found in a barrel earlier this month.
On Saturday the National Park Service (NPS) announced its rangers had found human remains at Callville Bay at the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, some 24 miles east of Las Vegas.
In a statement, shared on Facebook, the NPS said: “National Park Service rangers received a witness report of human skeletal remains discovered at Callville Bay in Lake Mead National Recreation Area at approximately 2 p.m. PST on Saturday, May 7.
“Park rangers responded to the call and are on scene to set a perimeter and recover the remains. The Clark County Medical Examiner has been contacted to determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.”
Lake Mead has seen water levels drop from 1,122 feet in January 2013 to 1,061 feet in March this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The elevation marked earlier this year is the lowest-ever recorded and the summer of 2021 was the worst in terms of water levels, according to Earth Observatory.
Lakes Online reported on Saturday that Lake Mead’s water level has fallen further to 1,053 feet.
Newsweek has contacted the NPS and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) for comment.
The discovery comes after the NPS and LVMPD launched an investigation earlier this month after human remains were found inside a barrel that had turned up on shore.
NPS rangers started to search the area near Hemenway Harbor at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, after a witness told authorities they had found a barrel.
Witness Shawna Hollister told local news station News 3: “My husband heard a woman scream and then he went to look and found the body in a very deteriorated 50-gallon drum.
“He found a man that was mostly bones, except for some of his shirt and belt showing.”
Hollister took photographs of the barrel and then told park rangers about the grisly discovery. They passed on the information to the authorities.
LVMPD homicide lieutenant Ray Spencer previously told Newsweek that police believed the remains were related to a homicide and said he is “pretty confident” that the barrel in question had been at the site since the 1980s.
It is unclear, however, how long the barrel had been on the shore before it was found by the woman.
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