Nevada authorities just made another grisly discovery at Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam: more human remains.
Rangers with the National Park Service (NPS) located the remains via a witness report, NPS said in a Monday statement. Specifically, the remains surfaced at Swim Beach in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
“Park rangers are on scene and have set a perimeter to recover the remains,” NPS said. “The Clark County Medical Examiner has been contacted to determine the cause of death.”
NPS said it didn’t have any more information on the incident, including the identity of the remains.
The remains are the third that authorities found at the lake in recent months. The trend is occurring as “megadrought” conditions continue to cause the reservoir’s water levels to decrease.
The Colorado River and its two largest reservoirs — Lake Mead and Lake Power – supply water to about 40 million people in the West. At Lake Powell, federal officials recently announced unprecedented emergency steps to keep more water in that reservoir — and preserve the Glen Canyon Dam’s ability to generate hydropower — rather than sending it downstream to Lake Mead.
Positive prospects for the lake at the Hoover Dam are almost totally dried up.
As of Monday, the lake was only at 27 percent of capacity, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
NASA recently presented satellite images showing major differences between water levels in July 2000 and July 2022. The space agency said the Hoover Dam lake’s water levels are at their lowest since April 1937.
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The Troubling Discoveries At Lake Mead
Earlier this year, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police found a body in a barrel at the lake. The deceased was likely a murder victim who died from a gunshot wound. Authorities estimated the body wound up there in the mid-‘70s to early-‘80s, based on the victim’s clothing and footwear.
Less than a week later, authorities found a third body in Lake Mead.