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Body found in barrel in Lake Mead may date back to Nineteen Eighties, more likely to appear as water recedes, Las Vegas police say

Identification of sufferer will take time, police say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The physique found in a barrel at Lake Mead on Sunday may have been underwater for as lengthy as 4 a long time and more our bodies are likely to appear as the lake recedes due to extreme drought, Las Vegas Metro police murder Lt. Ray Spencer informed the 8 News Now I-Team.

Boaters found the physique round 3 p.m. Sunday. The I-Team first reported the invention on Sunday afternoon.

Police suspect the individual was killed in the Nineteen Eighties primarily based on personal gadgets in the barrel, Spencer mentioned. He wouldn’t elaborate on the individual’s reason behind loss of life or the gadgets found, citing the continuing investigation.

A photograph shared with the I-Team confirmed what regarded like skeletal stays in the barrel. The barrel regarded to have been caught in the mud.

(Shawna Hollister/KLAS)

“It’s going to take an extensive amount of work,” Spencer mentioned about figuring out the sufferer, including his workforce was reaching out to UNLV to study development on the barrel and when it may have began to erode.

“It’s going to be a very difficult case,” Spencer mentioned. “I would say there is a very good chance as the water level drops that we are going to find additional human remains.”

The ongoing extreme drought is main to different discoveries in the water. Last week, the highest of a water consumption pipe was seen above the water’s floor as the lake stage continues to drop.

A physique was found in a barrel on the shore of Lake Mead outdoors of Las Vegas on May 1, 2022. (Shawna Hollister/KLAS)

Lake Mead dropped beneath 1,056 toes in elevation final Tuesday, lower than per week after hitting 1,057 toes the week earlier than. Lake ranges are expressed in altitude, not depth. At its highest ranges, the lake is close to 1,225 toes.

“I think anybody can understand there are probably more bodies that have been dumped in Lake Mead, it’s just a matter of, are we able to recover those?” Spencer mentioned.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office was working to establish the stays.

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