The body in the barrel emerged as Nevada’s Lake Meat water level dropped

Las Vegas (AP) – A body was found inside a barrel over the weekend at the newly exposed bottom of Lake Mead Lake in Nevada due to drought in one of the largest reservoirs in the United States – and officials predict the discovery will be the first of its kind. .

Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Ray Spencer said, “I would say we are going to find more human remains as the water level drops. Told CLASS TV On Monday.

The water level of the lake has dropped drastically and the drought-affected Lake Mead is aware of the upper water intake last week. As the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam recedes, Las Vegas now pumps water from the depths of Lake Mead, which extends across Arizona.

The personal items found inside the barrel indicate that the person died 40 years ago in the 1980s, Spencer said.

He declined to discuss the cause of death and described the items found, saying an investigation was ongoing.

Police plan to approach experts at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, to investigate when the barrel began to erode. The Clark County Autopsy Office will try to identify the person.

On Sunday afternoon the boatmen found the barrel. National Park Service Rangers searched an area near Lake Hemanway Harbor.

Lake Meat and Lake Powell Upstream are the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States, as part of a system that supplies water to more than 40 million people, tribes, agriculture and industry in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. On the southern border of Wyoming and Mexico.

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