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Lake Mead: Shrinking US reservoir near Las Vegas releases another body

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Lake MeadShrinking US reservoir near Las Vegas releases another body

The third body in three months has been found in Lake Mead near Las Vegas due to falling water levels. Authorities expect more finds.

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The Lake Mead reservoir near Las Vegas currently has a very low water level.

AFP

Because of the sinking water level, the lake is now revealing much that was long hidden.

Because of the sinking water level, the lake is now revealing much that was long hidden.

AFP

Three bodies have already been discovered within three months.

Three bodies have already been discovered within three months.

AFP

  • Human remains have been found in a reservoir near Las Vegas for the third time in a short period of time.

  • This is because the water level of Lake Mead is at a very low level.

  • There is currently a persistent drought in the western United States.

At the US reservoir Lake Mead near the gambling metropolis Las Vegas, in the midst of falling water levels, the third body within three months been found. According to the US National Parks Administration, a witness alerted the authorities at the beginning of the week and informed them about the discovery of a human’s remains. The forensic medicine should now 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 are high because of the persistent drought in the western United States significantly decreased. This led to a grisly find at the beginning of May: day trippers discovered one on the dried-up shore of the reservoir Barrel with the remains of a human, who was believed to have been shot in the head in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Las Vegas was an organized crime hotspot at the time of the murder.

Authorities expect more bodies to be found

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 water reservoir in the USA. 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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(AFP/bre)

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