Police say that a body found in Barrel by boaters on Lake Mead may date back to the 1980s.


Boaters discovered a body inside a barrel in Lake Mead after it was drained. The area has been suffering from severe droughts and climate changes that have led to massive water losses.

Authorities said that the National Park Service and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are currently investigating the shocking discovery made by a couple on the lake over the weekend.

It is possible that the skeletal remains date back to the 1980s. Las Vegas Metro police homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told KLAS-TVItems found with the body are approximately 40 years old.

“It’s going to take an extensive amount of work,”Spencer explained that Spencer is working with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to identify the body. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is working with detectives to determine the date it began to erode and identify any growth.

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

Due to climate change and ongoing drought, Lake Mead has reached its lowest point in history.

Water levels in the reservoir have dropped more than 150 feet since 2000.

“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.