After the discovery of the second set of human remains in a drought-stricken Colorado River reservoir only 30 minutes away from the infamously mob-founded strip, Las Vegas is being inundated with tales of organized crime.
Two sisters paddleboarding on lake Mead on Saturday saw the bones, which they originally assumed were the remains of a bighorn sheep. After seeing a jaw bone, they determined the bones were human and alerted park authorities. National Park Service officers recovered them from Callville Bay. This is part of an area that is quite popular for boating and other water activity.
Speaking to KLAS-TV Lynette Melvi described how she felt after they found the remains: “For the longest time I was in disbelief like I did not think that we actually found human remains.”
As per a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the first corpse was found on May 1st inside a barrel. Investigators presumed it being the boy of a murder victim who died from a gunshot wound. They also say that because of the clothing and shoes worn by the victim, they estimate the crime to have taken place “some time in the mid ’70s to early ’80s.”
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said that: “There’s no telling what we’ll find in Lake Mead. It’s not a bad place to dump a body.” Additionally, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Homicide Lieutenant Ray Spencer says it’s likely more bodies will show up, thanks to the dwindling water supply: “The lake has drained dramatically over the last 15 years, it’s likely that we will find additional bodies that have been dumped in Lake Mead.”
Michael Green, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas history professor agree’s: “If the lake goes down much farther, it’s very possible we’re going to have some very interesting things surface.I wouldn’t bet the mortgage that we’re going to solve who killed Bugsy Siegel, But I would be willing to bet there are going to be a few more bodies.”
According to CNN, on Monday, the levels of the lake were around 162 feet below its 2000 peak. Lake Mead’s water level was at approximately 1,052 feet above sea level. This means that the reservoir is at its lowest point since it was filled in the 1930s, according to historical records.
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