US Lake Mead Reservoir Releases Human Remains Again

US Lake Mead Reservoir Releases Human Remains Again

08/08/2022 12:23 (act 08/08/2022 12:23)

Police are also indirectly concerned about the drought

Drought also indirectly affects the police ©APA/AFP

At the Lake Mead Reservoir, near the American metropolis Las Vegas, human remains have surfaced for the fourth time since May this year. After an emergency call, parts of a human skeleton were found Saturday on a beach in the lake’s recreation area, whose water level has dropped sharply as a result of the drought, the NPS national park administration said. Police divers recovered the remains.

The coroner is now trying to determine the cause of death. The skeletal remains of a human were discovered in the same area on July 25. Lake Mead, located on the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona, is one of the most important reservoirs in the US and supplies approximately 40 million people. In view of the persistent severe drought in the west of the country, however, water levels have dropped sharply. The water level has dropped nearly 52 meters since 1983, local media reported. The lake is currently filled to about 27% of its maximum capacity, citing satellite imagery from the space agency NASA.

The first human remains in the reservoir were discovered on May 1: the body had a gunshot wound and was thrown into a barrel in the lake, believed to have been between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. It was undoubtedly a murder. , according to broadcaster CNN quoted an investigator. According to the current state of the investigation, it is pure speculation that the mafia could be involved, he emphasized.

More remains were found on May 7 and corresponded to an individual aged between 23 and 37. The other dead are likely people who drowned in the lake years ago, a spokeswoman for the national park administration told the station.