Body near Lake Mead swimming site 3rd to surface since May
LA VEGAS – Another body has surfaced at Lake Mead – this time in a swimming area where water levels have dropped as the Colorado River Reservoir behind the Hoover Dam recedes due to drought and climate change.
The National Park Service did not say in a statement how long officials believe the corpse was submerged in the Boulder Beach area before it was found Monday by people who summoned park rangers.
Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse said Tuesday it was partially covered in mud at the waterline of the swimming area along the north shore of the Hemenway Harbor Marina.
The sex of the deceased was not immediately apparent, Rouse said, and it was too early to tell a time, cause and manner of death. Investigators will review missing person records as part of the effort, Rouse said.
The corpse was the third found since May as the shore receded into the narrowing reservoir between Nevada and Arizona east of Las Vegas. The surface of the lake has dropped more than 170 feet (52 meters) since the reservoir was full in 1983. It is now about 30% full.
The coroner said his office is continuing work to identify a man whose body was found May 1 in a rusty barrel in the Hemenway Harbor area and a man whose bones were found May 7 in a sandbar newly surfaced near Callville Bay, over 9 miles away. (14.5 kilometers) from the marina.
On July 6, the body of a 22-year-old Boulder City woman was found in the water near where she had disappeared while riding a personal watercraft. Rouse said it could take several weeks to determine the cause of his death.
The body-in-barrel case was being investigated as a homicide after police said the man was shot and his clothing dated to the mid-1970s to early 1980s.
The discoveries have sparked speculation of missing persons and unsolved murder cases for decades – all the way to organized crime and the beginnings of Las Vegas, which is just a 30-minute drive from the lake.
The drop in lake levels comes as a large majority of peer-reviewed scientists say the world is warming, mainly due to rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the world. ‘atmosphere. Scientists say the western United States, including the Colorado River Basin, has gotten hotter and drier over the past 30 years.
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