As the waters continued to recede, a fourth group of human remains surfaced in Lake Mead, which straddles the Arizona-Nevada border.
The National Park Service said Saturday that the remains, the fourth of their kind since May, were found in a swimming beach area, CNN report. NPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday independent.
Bodies that have surfaced have caused a huge stir in the region since the first remains were found in the drought-depleted lake on May 1.
Boaters enjoying Lake Mead first discovered human remains in barrels on May 1 near the Harborside Harbor on the Colorado River Reservoir.
Water levels dropped so much that the intake at the highest point of Lake Mead became visible in late April, as the western United States continued to suffer from a two-year megadrought that is being exacerbated by the climate crisis.
The reservoir on the Colorado River behind the Hoover Dam became so depleted that Las Vegas began pumping water from the depths of Lake Mead, which also stretched into Arizona.
As the lake has disappeared, some of its secrets have come to light – literally. According to many who understand organized crime, some of them may solve long-standing mob mysteries.
“This topic is on everyone’s lips in this town,” said Geoffrey Schumacher, vice president of exhibits and programs at the Las Vegas Gangster Museum. independent earlier this year. “Wherever I go – especially me – people want to talk about it and speculate about it.
“It makes sense to solve an ancient mystery that captivates people. It brings back memories of some people looking back at the golden age of Las Vegas: ‘When the thugs rode it’, that’s how they say it … .It’s a combination of nostalgia and wanting to unravel a mystery that’s in everyone’s heart here,” he said.
The body in the barrel, which police ruled was the victim of the homicide, bore the hallmarks of a mob attack, the museum’s deputy director said.
Two other sets of remains were also found, excluding this month’s find.
The Park Service told CNN that rangers, with the help of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department divers, have set up a perimeter area at the current location to recover the remains, and a coroner is working to determine the cause of death.