“I would say there is a very good chance as the water level drops that we are going to find additional human remains.”
Lt. Ray Spencer, Las Vegas homicide detective, after a barrel containing human remains surfaced in Lake Mead
Spencer added, “I think anybody can understand there are probably more bodies that have been dumped in Lake Mead, it’s just a matter of, are we able to recover those?”
An ongoing drought has led to a steep decline in the water level of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest manmade reservoir, which is located in Nevada and Arizona and is formed by the Hoover Dam. Water levels have dropped to 1,055 feet, down from 1,080 feet a year ago — an alarming trend for a reservoir that provides water to more than 40 million people in states like Nevada, Arizona and California, as well as Mexico.