New human remains surfaced at Lake Mead in Nevada over the weekend, days after a decomposed body was discovered in a barrel at the reservoir.
National Park Service (NPS) rangers responded to a call that reported human skeletal remains at Callville Bay in Lake Mead National Recreation Area at about 2 p.m. PST on May 7.
The rangers set a perimeter to recover the remains.
NPS said that the Clark County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
The investigation is ongoing.
The set of human remains was the second to be found at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, as water levels recede due to climate change.
The first body was discovered on May 1.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement on May 3 that officers are investigating the first case as a homicide due to a gunshot wound.
Investigators believe the victim was killed between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s “based on clothing and footwear the victim was found with.”
The Clark County Coroner’s Office is currently working on identifying the victim.
“It’s likely that we will find additional bodies that have been dumped in Lake Mead,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Homicide Lieutenant Ray Spencer said.
The water levels at the lake have hit historic lows. In April, water levels reached below an intake valve, which had been in service since 1971.
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