More human remains are reported to have been found in drought-stricken Lake Mead near Las Vegas – a week after a body in a barrel was discovered, which police believe is linked to the mafia.
Rangers received a report that “human skeletal remains” were found Saturday in the reservoir, which is facing record water levels.
Comes a week after a barrel containing the body of a man who had been shot was revealed in a newly exposed section of Lake Mead.
Police said the murder took place between the mid-1970s and early 1980s because the victim was wearing shoes made during that period.
Investigators are considering whether the death may have been Mafia-related, homicide detective Lt. Ray Spencer told the New York Times.
At the time of the discovery, Lt. Spencer said there was “a very good chance” that more human remains would be discovered.
In a statement, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area said the latest discovery was reported in Callville Bay around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.
Rangers are on site to retrieve the remains and a coroner’s office has been contacted to determine the cause of death.
‘Reward’ offered for bodies found
It has been reported that two retired police officers in Las Vegas are offering a reward to anyone who finds bodies in Lake Mead.
Retired officers David Kohlmeier and Daniel Minor are offering $5,000 to divers who find remaining bodies, according to Fox5 Las Vegas.
“We believe there are others out there,” Kohlmeier told the network.
“We believe there are cold cases that are out there or missing persons in general. Since the water is so low right now, there is a chance in history to recover bodies.”
The officers work for a TV show called The Problem Solver Show, which is offering the bounty in an effort to end victims’ families and help law enforcement, Fox5 Las Vegas reported.
Lake Mead, formed by the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, and Lake Powell upstream are part of a system that provides water to more than 40 million people in several states, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada.