The lake had record peaks in the 70s and 80s
LAS VEGAS (CLASS) – Now the shores of Lake Mead, where a barrel with a body was found this weekend, were half a mile from shore when police suspected the murder victim was dumped decades ago.
The boatmen found the body in the first barrel around 3 pm on Sunday. 8 News Now I-Team first announced the discovery on Sunday afternoon and new details about the discovery on Monday.
The man, believed to be a man, is suspected of being killed in the late 1970s or 1980s, investigators said.
“The victim’s clothes and shoes were sold at Kmart in the mid to late 1970s,” said Lt. Ray Spencer of the subway police on Tuesday.
At that time, the lake had record high levels.
While on the lake on Monday, the I-Team spotted a second barrel a few hundred feet from the site of the first, also on shore. Police confirmed on Tuesday that the barrel was empty.
Police believe the barrel was completely intact when it was released into the lake.
The area where the barrel was found is close to the boat ramp at Hemenway Harbor. In recent decades, crews have had to extend the ramp by half a mile to bring it closer to the water.
Satellite imagery reveals that the coastline was about half a mile west in the 1970s and 1980s compared to 2022.
In the 70s and 80s, what is now a beach would be a few tens of feet underwater. The area is just ahead of what would be half a mile from the boat ramp.
As George Knapp of I-Team reported, Lake Mead and its surrounding waters were popular landfills for criminals.
“I would say there is a very good chance, because the water level is falling, we will find additional human remains,” Spencer said.
Lake Mead reached record levels in the early 1980s. The lake fell below 1,056 feet above sea level last Tuesday, less than a week after reaching 1,057 feet the previous week. Lake levels are expressed in height, not depth. At its highest levels, the lake is nearly 1,225 feet.