The remains found in a barrel in Lake Mead were those of a man who had been shot, and police say more bodies may be found amid a drought that has reduced the lake’s level of water to historic lows.
Boaters found the barrel Sunday afternoon and alerted the National Park Service. Rangers started searching near Hemenway Harbor and found the barrel with skeletal remains, the agency said. They’re assisting Las Vegas cops.
The Clark County Coroner will identify the person.
The victim was found shot and also was likely killed between the mid-1970s and early 1980s, according to homicide Lt. Ray Spencer of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Spencer claims that’s the only time those type of shoes were made.
More bodies are expected to be discovered as the lake east of Las Vegas that borders Nevada and Arizona recedes, Spencer told 8 News Now.
Investigators are looking at growth on the barrel to see when it was placed in the lake and started eroding.