Authorities said this week that police believe the body discovered in a barrel on Lake Mead by boaters belongs to a man who was either shot in the mid 1970s or early 1980s.
According to Lt. Ray Spencer, Las Vegas Homicide Officer, the clothes and shoes found on this body are from that period. The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
He claimed that the shoes were purchased at Kmart by investigators.
Visitors to Lake Mead discovered the shocking truth Sunday. There are severe water shortages due to climate change, droughts, and other factors. Arizona and Nevada are the only two states that border this huge source of water.
“The water level has dropped so much over the last 30 to 40 years that, where the person was located, if a person were to drop the barrel in the water and it sinks, you are never going to find it unless the water level drops,”Spencer spoke to the newspaper in an interview on Monday.
“The water level has dropped and made the barrel visible. The barrel didn’t move. It was not as if the barrel was washed.” he said.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office is trying to identify the remains, police said.
The man-made reservoir’s water level has dropped some 160 feet since 2000. The lake is currently at its lowest level since it was filled in 1935.
“We don’t have enough water supplies right now to meet normal demand. The water is not there,” Metropolitan Water District of Southern California spokesperson Rebecca Kimitch said this week. The agency told about 6 million customers in sprawling Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties to contain outdoor watering to one day a week, effective June 1, or face stiff fines.