Lake Mead, Fourth Set Of Human Remains Found
The water levels at Lake Mead due to the historic levels of drought out West, is causing more and more gruesome mysteries to emerge.
At the Lake Mead Recreation Area on Saturday, another human skeleton was discovered by the receding waterline. Since May, there have been four other sets of human remains uncovered.
A call late Saturday morning reporting National Park Service officials received remains at Swim Beach on the southwestern side of the reservoir, next to where a set of partial human remains were found in early July.
Authorities have ceased any rescue efforts to recover the body of the person left in the lake. There have been no identified suspects found so far, and the identity of the person who died has yet to be uncovered.
The National Park Service is investigating, and Clark County Medical Examiner’s office will be asked to determine if the person died from the gas leak.
Surprisingly, none of the human remains found at Lake Mead this year can be traced back to the dead bodies because so much decomposition had occurred. The only way to determine a cause and time frame was to identify one individual that was murdered since their body was found stuffed inside a steel barrel with evidence of a gunshot wound. The victim is now being called Hemenway Harbor Doe because their body was discovered close to Hemenway Harbor on May 1st.
Lieutenant Johansson of the Metro police told CNN that “someone else was involved” with the person found in the barrel. The person’s clothes have well-preserved labels, providing investigators with clues on what time period they died. Their clothing and shoes also provide clues that point towards when they passed away. Police are still attempting to extract DNA from those remains to determine who they belonged to and send off to the FBI. Amateurs are also trying to crack this case.
On May 7, two paddle boarders discovered what appeared to be a human skeleton at Callville Bay. There was very little tissue left on that skeleton, but since the Clark County coroner has been able to preliminarily rule that person was between 23-37 years old when they died in Lake Mead.
The cause and timeframe of their death is not yet clear, but the coroner’s office sent out specimens for DNA extraction.
On Monday, July 25, the body of a person wearing only shorts was found at Swim Beach. The coroner is still working on recovering more information; in particular, they would like to find any related items.
Metro police are not investigating the second or third sets of remains since, unalike the first body, there was no reason to suspect they died as a result of foul play. It’s not clear what investigators will learn about the fourth body.
Citing one possible explanation, the National Park Service spokesperson told CNN that the three sets of remains could be those of people who drowned in Lake Mead when water levels were higher.
In either case, more human remains will likely turn up as the water level at Lake Mead continues to drop to historic lows.