Lake found to be full of human bones after megadrought plummets water levels

A megadrought has revealed human remains in a lake after water levels plummeted.

A witness spotted the skeletal remains in Lake Mead, Nevada, USA at around 2pm on Saturday (May 7), just one week after another body was discovered in a barrel.

Rangers from the National Park Service rushed to establish a perimeter around this weekend's grisly discovery before recovering it.

The Clark County Medical Examiner is investigating the incident, trying to identify the person and determine their cause of death.

According to KLAS, sources say that they do not suspect foul play.

The body found on May 1 however, is believed to belong to a homicide victim.

Las Vegas Police were called following reports of human remains at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area around 5.45pm (local time).

Homicide Section Lt. Ray Spencer said: "We believe this is a homicide as a result of a gunshot wound."

Although police have not released the victim’s identity, they believe they were killed somewhere between the mid seventies and early eighties based on their clothing.

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According to Spencer, the area where the barrel was found would have been 100ft (30.5m) below the surface and 900ft (274.3m) away from the shore in the eighties.

He added: "So, if the water had never rescinded, if we weren't experiencing the drought conditions, we may never have found the remains of the individual at the bottom of the lake."

The American West is currently in the midst of a megadrought, exacerbated by the climate crisis and increased water demand.

It has already lasted for two decades, with scientists labelling it the most extreme megadrought in 1,200 years.

Lake Mead, a reservoir which also stretches into Arizona, is 112mi (80km) long and 532ft (162m) at its maximum capacity.

In July 1983 its high-water mark was recorded at 1,225ft (373.4m) above sea level – while 11 days ago it was merely a third full, recorded at 1,055ft (321.6m).

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