More human skeletal remains were found on a Lake Mead beach on Saturday, the fourth set of remains found at the lake where water levels have dropped significantly in recent years due to persistent drought, authorities said. .
Park Rangers responded to a call about the discovery of the remains at Swim Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Park Service. They were assisted in their investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Dive Team.
The skeletal remains are the second set found at Swim Beach.
Authorities have not provided any additional information about the find. A spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office could not be reached for comment.
It is the fourth time since May that human remains have been discovered at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, which has fallen to unprecedented levels amid a 22-year drought. The lake provides water for 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland in several southwestern states, including California.
The first set of skeletal remains were found in a barrel in May and likely belonged to a gunshot victim killed in the 1970s or 1980s, officials said.
Six days later, another set of remains were found in Callville Bay. A third set was picked up last month at the lake’s swimming beach.
Authorities believe the area’s extreme dryness and falling water levels in Lake Mead will lead them to discover more remains. None of the discovered remains have been identified.
In addition to human remains, the receding waters revealed watercraft, including a World War II boat that had been put into service on the lake before sinking.
Los Angeles Times