Divers in the state of Nevada discovered skeletal remains in the severely dry Lake Mead area located near the city of Las Vegas, marking the sixth discovery of its kind since May of this year. That’s a lot of bones. The real question is how they got there.
Fox News reported, “A Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) diver found ‘what appeared to be a human bone in the Callville Bay area’ on Oct. 17, the Lake Mead National Park Service (NPS) said in an email.”
“The next day, an NPS dive team then conducted a full search of the area and confirmed the discovery of human remains. No foul play in suspected, and the Clark County coroner’s office is working to confirm the identity of the deceased,” the report continued.
Six months back, a body was discovered inside a barrel located close to Hemenway Harbor. Local law enforcement authorities later determined the individual had died from a gunshot wound, which led to ruling the death a murder.
Some more remains were discovered on May 7 at Callville Bay. Authorities from Clark County were able to identify the deceased as 42-year-old Thomas Erndt, who they say drowned.
“A third and fourth set of remains were discovered on July 25, when visitors called park rangers upon finding the remains partially encased in mud at the water line of the swimming area along the shore north of Hemenway Harbor marina, and August 6 at Swim Beach. Finally, authorities discovered a fifth set of remains, believed to be related to the fourth set, at the lake’s Swim Beach area in mid-August,” Fox News stated.
NASA released satellite imagery of Lead Mead back in July that shows the lake’s rapid decline of water since 2000. In late August the volume of the lake was only 35 percent.
According to officials at NASA, the reservoir has not been at capacity since the summer of 1999.
That’s a pretty unsettling find, right? There might actually be more remains in the lake that just haven’t been found yet. To think someone murdered a person, stuffed them in a barrel and dumped them in a lake is disturbing.
Was this a mob hit? Something related to drugs? Both of these seem like viable explanations for the homicide. Maybe we’ll see this covered on an episode of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries in the future? It would make an interesting story, that’s for sure.
On a slightly sillier note, perhaps there’s some UFO wreckage hiding out beneath the remaining 35 percent of water in the lake? There are always lots of sightings in Nevada and surrounding states. Can we be on the cusp of discovering alien life? I highly doubt it, but it’s much more fun to speculate about that than it is to think about the lake bed being a cemetery of sorts for murder victims. That mental image just gives me the creeps.
Let’s hope that there aren’t any more remains found as the lake continues to dry up. Life is full of enough tragedies as it is, wouldn’t you agree?