A drought drying up a Las Vegas lake revealed something only slightly less terrifying than climate change: human remains in a barrel.
The barrel was discovered Sunday afternoon by a group of boaters on Lake Mead, which then alerted the National Park Service, according to the agency. Rangers found the barrel near Hemenway Harbor and are now working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County coroner’s office to determine the identity.
But while this may sound like a perfect Sin City body dump, police told KLAS that the remains appear to have been from the ‘80s, based on personal items in the barrel.
A spokesperson for the LVMPD did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News Tuesday.
For now, investigators have reached out to UNLV to help “examine growth on the barrel and when it may have started to erode,” according to KLAS.
Lt. Ray Spencer also told the station that more bodies could reach the surface as Lake Mead’s water levels continue to drop.
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in America, created by the construction of the Hoover Dam, and stretches more than 750 miles, according to the National Park Service. At its peak, the lake reached almost 1,225 feet in elevation. Last week, it sat at about 1,050 feet.