A MYSTERY remains as three bodies were discovered at Lake Mead in the past 12 weeks – including bones hidden in a barrel and dumped in the water.
The National Park Service (NPS) announced on Monday that the third set of human remains was found in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area in Nevada.
Park rangers responded to a witness report of a body at Swim Beach at around 4.30pm PST on July 25, a news release explains.
An investigation is now underway at the discovery site, which has been taped off.
The Clark County Medical Examiner is working on determining the cause of death.
Footage released by KVVU-TV appeared to show authorities carrying remains in a body bag away from the scene.
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According to NASA's Earth Observatory, water levels in Lake Mead have reached their lowest level since April 1937, when the reservoir was being filled for the first time.
Lake Meade was only filled to 27 percent of capacity as of July 18, 2022.
Earlier this month, a WWII vessel was discovered in the lake just weeks after two skeletons were found.
Lake Mead's sinking waters and a megadrought have revealed several discoveries this year, with one body being linked to the mob, according to Lt. Ray Spencer.
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A result of the megadrought that began in the year 2,000, Lake Mead's water level had fallen to 1,055 feet in April, according to Smithsonian Magazine.
According to National Geographic, the drought is the most severe one in 1200 years, and this megadrought can be expected to last until at least 2030.
This lowering water line has revealed a WWII-era Higgins landing craft named after Andrew Jackson Higgins that was previously 200 feet under the surface of the lake.
Meanwhile, skeletal remains of a man who died in the 1970s or 1980s, according to the Clark County Medical Examiners office, were found inside a barrel uncovered by Lake Mead's water's decline on May 1.
The recession of the water line allowed a group walking along the lake's shore to notice the exposed barrel.
A witness to the discovery told K-LAS TV that the victim's "shirt and belt were the only things we could see over his decomposing bones."
Spencer says investigators believe the man died from a gunshot wound. He also told the Times that detectives will "definitely not rule out" that the victim's death could have been Mafia-related.
The victim's body was found in an area near Las Vegas, where casinos connected to the mob dominated the strip.
Days after the discovery, more skeletal remains were located on Saturday, May 7.
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National Park Service Rangers were called to Callville Bay on the Lake after human skeletal remains were discovered, 8NewsNow reported.
At the time, there were no suspicions of foul play in this death, but the investigation remains ongoing.
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