More human skeletal remains were found Saturday on a beach on Lake Mead, the fourth set of remains found in the lake where water levels have dropped dramatically in recent years due to drought, officials said.
According to the National Park Service, park rangers responded to a call about the discovery of remains at Swim Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He was assisted in his investigation by the dive team of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Skeletal remains are the second set to be found at Swim Beach.
Officials did not provide any additional details about the search. A spokesman for the Clark County Office of the Coroner-Medical Examiner could not be reached for comment.
This is the fourth time since May that human remains have been found in Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, which has collapsed. unprecedented lows In the midst of 22 years of drought. The lake provides water to 25 million people and millions of acres of agricultural land in several Southwest states, including California.
The first set of skeletal remains were found in a barrel in May and probably belonged to A gunshot victim killed in the 1970s or 1980sofficials said.
Officials believe that the region’s extreme drought and the falling water level of Lake Mead will prompt them to search for more remains. None of the remains discovered have been identified.
In addition to human remains, shipwrecks from receding waters have been unearthed, including a World War II-era boat Which was put into service in the lake before sinking.