Las Vegas: ‘More human remains’ discovered in drought-stricken Lake Mead | American News
More human remains were reportedly found at drought-stricken Lake Mead near Las Vegas – a week after a body was found in a barrel, which police say may be linked to the Mafia.
Park rangers received a report that “human skeletal remains” were found Saturday in the reservoir, which is facing record high water levels.
It comes a week after a barrel containing the body of a slaughtered man was revealed on a newly exposed section of Lake Mead.
Police say the murder allegedly took place between the mid-1970s and early 1980s because the victim was wearing shoes made during that time.
Investigators are looking into whether the death may have been Mafia-related, homicide detective Lt. Ray Spencer told The New York Times.
At the time of the discovery, Lt Spencer said there was a “very good chance” that more human remains would be discovered.
In a statement, Lake Mead National Recreation Area said the last find was reported in Callville Bay around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.
Park rangers are at the scene recovering the remains and the coroner’s office has been contacted to determine the cause of death.
“Reward” offered for bodies found
It has been reported that two retired Las Vegas police officers are offering a reward to those who find bodies at Lake Mead.
Retired officers David Kohlmeier and Daniel Minor are offering $5,000 to divers who find remaining bodies, according to Fox5 Las Vegas.
“We think there are others,” Mr. Kohlmeier told the broadcaster.
“We believe there are cold cases or missing people in general. Given that the water is so low right now, there is a chance in history to recover bodies.”
The officers work for a television program called The Problem Solver Show, which offers the reward in an effort to put an end to victims’ families and help police, Fox5 Las Vegas reported.
Lake Mead, formed by the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, and Lake Powell, upstream, are part of a system that provides water to more than 40 million people in several states including Arizona, La California, Colorado and Nevada.