Divers discover more human skeletal remains at Lake Mead outside Las Vegas
Multiple sets of human remains discovered since May 1 identified to date
by: vanessa murphy, Nexstar Multimedia Cable
LA VEGAS (KLAS) – More human remains were discovered at Lake Mead after a dive earlier this month, Nexstar’s KLAS confirmed on Wednesday.
On Oct. 17, a diver discovered a human bone in the Callville Bay area, a National Park Service spokesperson said. On October 18, a second dive found more “human skeletal remains”.
The National Park Service does not suspect foul play and the Clark County Coroner’s Office was working to identify the remains.
Several sets of human remains have been discovered at Lake Mead since May.
The first set was found in a barrel near Hemenway Harbor on May 1.
Less than a week later, additional human remains have been found at Callville Bay. This set of remains has been identified as a 42-year-old man who drowned in 2002.
The third set of remains was found on July 25, when a person at Swim Beach, near Boulder Beach, reported human remains to the park service. A fourth set of remains was discovered in the same area and it is believed to be related to the third case.
A bone that was found by the lake and originally classified as an animal bone earlier this month is now being examined as a human remains after a KLAS report.
Identifying all the remains could take months or even years. Widespread DNA sampling is a recent phenomenon.
Get a sample of the leftovers and pair it with a living family member is the only way to potentially solve these mysteries.
Since Lake Mead was filled in the 1930s, 300 people have drowned in its waters, park service officials previously told KLAS. The decade with the most drownings is the 1990s, according to records.
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