In Lake Mead, not far from where human remains were found hidden inside a barrel, a gun has been found.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, a reporter found the gun near Hemenway Harbor. Police said that finding guns in the lake is not unusual. However, a barrel packed with human remains was found in the same location in May.
Although authorities earlier said the remains belonged to a shooting victim, it is still unknown whether the gun is connected to the human remains.
Due to the megadrought afflicting the western United States, Lake Mead, a reservoir created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, is evaporating in Nevada and Arizona. Since 1937, the lake’s water levels haven’t been this low.
Police identified the body’s shoes as evidence suggesting the person died in a mob-related crime between the mid-1970s and the 1980s, which is when the person’s remains were originally discovered.
Investigations are in progress, and the victim’s name is still unknown.
According to a report from Fox5 from earlier this month, a woman thinks the remains belonged to her brother Bobbi Eugene Shaw. Shaw vanished in 1977, according to Barbara Brock, Shaw’s sister.
Brock said that at the time of his disappearance, Shaw had been a member of the Mafia, an organized American-Italian criminal organization.
Up until the late 1970s, the Mafia operated in Nevada, mostly in Las Vegas, and used the state’s casinos and hotels to launder money.
Brock and her nephew were asked to produce DNA samples for Brock’s missing brother at the time the bones were discovered so that the remains could be tested by the police. The samples are currently being used in an inquiry to determine who the victim is.
There have been more grisly discoveries made recently in addition to the gun.
More and more sinister secrets are coming to light as the lake dries up.
Five separate sets of human remains have been found in the lake thus far. Investigations are underway, and no cause of death has been established for the other skeletal remains.
The most recent set of remains were found on August 15 at 8 p.m. in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Swim Beach area, according to a statement from the National Park Service.
This particular section of the lake has seen the discovery of three sets of skeletal remains.
The water levels in Lake Mead have risen somewhat recently for the first time in three years, despite the lake’s reputation for rapid evaporation.
This was brought on by intense downpours in the region. Despite this, the lake’s capacity is still barely 27 percent.
Las Vegas Police have been contacted by Newsweek for comment.
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