More human remains found at Lake Mead

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (CLASS) – Less than a week after boaters found a body in a barrel along the waterfront, more human remains have been found near drought-ravaged Lake Mead.

National Park Service rangers responded Saturday to a call that human skeletal remains were discovered in Callville Bay in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Clark County medical examiner has reportedly been contacted to determine the cause of death.

As it stands, there are no signs of malicious intent, sources tell Nexstar’s KLAS.

This investigation is currently underway.

On May 1, boaters found a body hidden in a barrel near a harbor in Lake Mead. The barrel appeared to be stuck in the mud and may have been exposed to low water levels.

“We were docking our boat to go home and heard a woman screaming,” witness Shawna Hollister said. “My husband walked up to him and found the body. His shirt and belt were all we could see about his decomposing bones.”

Police suspect the person in the barrel, believed to be a man, was murdered in the late 1970s or 1980s. The location where the barrel was discovered was half a mile offshore when police suspected the murder victim had been dumped, officials say. The lake was experiencing record highs around that time.

The coroner is still trying to identify the remains. Police say they have received “several dozen” tips about the remains and are still taking information from the community.

A KLAS news team found a second barrel shortly after the first barrel was found, but investigators determined it was empty.

Two retired Las Vegas cops are now offering a reward for divers who find extra bodies in Lake Mead. They say they are offering $5,000 for any additional leftovers.

The ongoing severe drought leads to other unfortunate discoveries in the water. Last month, the top of a water supply pipe became visible above the water’s surface as the water level dropped.

Lake Mead has recently fallen below 1,056 feet. Lake levels are expressed in height, not depth.

At its highest level, the lake is nearly 1,225 feet.

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