Lake Mead Has Now Given Up 3 Bodies

Human remains were reported by a witness Monday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2022 1:31 AM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2022 3:28 PM CDT
More Human Remains Found in Lake Mead
A formerly sunken boat sits high and dry along the shoreline of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, near Boulder City, Nev.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Update: And then there were three. The National Park Service says that on Monday a third set of human remains was found at Lake Mead, which has been revealing what has long slumbered in its waters as drought causes water levels to recede even further. Park rangers say they received a "witness report" of human remains in the Swim Beach area of the park in Boulder City, Nevada, around 4:30pm and set up a perimeter in order to recover them. CNN reports the Clark County Medical Examiner will work to determine a cause of death. The first two bodies were found on May 1 and May 7. The current water level stands at 1,040 feet. Our original story from May 8 follows:

Less than a week after a body was found on the newly exposed bottom of Lake Mead, another body has been found. The set of human skeletal remains was found Saturday afternoon in the Calville Bay area, USA Today reports. An investigation is underway, and no cause of death or identity has yet been established. As the country's largest reservoir rapidly depletes due to a historic drought, authorities have warned more bodies could turn up. Lake Mead's water level is currently at 1,055 feet, the lowest since 1937, the year after the Hoover Dam created the human-made reservoir on the Nevada-Arizona border. KTNV has photos of the newest remains found. (Or click here for more on the first set found.)

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