LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police believe a body found inside a barrel Sunday in Lake Mead belonged to a man who had been shot.
Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said Tuesday that shoes worn by the man were manufactured in the middle and late 1970s, indicating that the killing likely occurred between the middle 1970s and early 1980s.
Police previously said the remains spotted by boaters likely dated from the 1980s.
The water level in Lake Mead has dropped to the point that the uppermost water intake at drought-stricken reservoir became visible last week.
Las Vegas police say there's a good chance more human remains will turn up as the lake's water level drops more.
Authorities say a barrel carrying human remains has been discovered in Lake Mead. Boaters spotted the barrel Sunday afternoon and the National Park Service was alerted.
The agency said in a statement rangers searched an area near Hemenway Harbor and found the barrel with skeletal remains.
They are working with Las Vegas police. The Clark County coroner’s office will determine the person’s identity.
Shawna Hollister told KLAS-TV in Las Vegas that she and her husband were docking their boat when they heard a woman scream.
They then saw the body. The barrel might have been visible due to Lake Mead’s low water level from ongoing drought.
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