Cops: Body in barrel in Lake Mead was man who had been shot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The body found inside a barrel on the newly exposed bottom of Lake Mead after the lake level was depleted amid drought is that of a man who was shot, police said Tuesday. .

The murder likely occurred between the mid-1970s and early 1980s because the victim was wearing shoes made during that period, Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The barrel was found Sunday at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area by boaters who reported it to authorities.

The drought has lowered Lake Mead’s water level so far into the Colorado River in southern Nevada and northern Arizona that the upper Las Vegas water intake became visible last week.

Lake Mead and upstream Lake Powell are the largest man-made reservoirs in the US, part of a system that provides water to more than 40 million people, tribes, agriculture and industry in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada , New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and across the southern border in Mexico.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will attempt to determine the man’s identity.

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