More human remains found in Lake Mead. Amid historic drought, what else has been discovered?

More human remains found in Lake Mead. Amid historic drought, what else has been discovered?

Published July 26, 2022
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The grim discoveries, one of which appears to be decades old, are being uncovered now only because of a prolonged drought that has dropped water levels in the nation’s largest reservoir to their lowest levels since it was first filled 85 years ago.

Context: Water levels in Lake Mead, on the border of Arizona and Nevada, have plummeted to their lowest point since 1937. Human remains, along with decades-old items, have been discovered as levels dropped.

Investigators said the person inside the barrel appeared to have been shot, possibly sometime in the mid-1970s to early 1980s, based on clothes and footwear. At that time, Lake Mead was almost completely full, and the water would have been at least 20 to 30 feet deeper.

Trash, baby strollers and dozens of sunken boats have been found as water levels dropped. A World War II-era B-29  that crashed in 1948 is among the historic finds that are now more assessible to researchers.