Third body found in reservoir

A third body has been found in Lake Mead reservoir in three months. The deep water levels bring these finds to light.

Three bodies have already been recovered in Lake Mead reservoir. – Keystone


the essentials in brief

  • The deep water levels in Lake Mead reveal bodies.
  • Within three months, remains of three dead people were found.
  • The reservoir is near Las Vegas, the former stronghold of organized crime.

The third body in three months has been found near Las Vegas on the US reservoir Lake Mead amid falling water levels. According to the US National Park Administration, a witness alerted the authorities at the beginning of the week. He informed them about the discovery of human remains.

Now the forensic medicine should clarify the cause of death. The national park administration initially did not provide any further information in view of the ongoing investigation.

Lake Mead water levels have dropped significantly due to the ongoing drought in the western United States. This led to a gruesome find in early May: day trippers discovered a barrel with the remains of a human on the dried-up shore of the reservoir. He was probably shot in the head in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Las Vegas was an organized crime hotspot at the time of the murder.

Lake Mead
The bodies in Lake Mead came to light because of the low water levels. – Keystone

Just days after the body was found in the barrel, another body was discovered. There is no evidence of a crime here. The authorities had already stated in May that they expected more bodies to be found in view of the falling water level.

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States. It was created in the 1930s as part of the Hoover Dam project and provides drinking water to 25 million people. But because of the drought, the water level has dropped to its lowest level since 1937. According to scientists, man-made climate change is contributing to the drought in the western United States.

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