US megadrought reveals 1980s body in lake, with more to come: police

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Lake and reservoir beds usually under water are being exposed across the western US as a historic drought takes its toll on water supplies

A worsening drought has revealed a four-decade-old body dumped in a US lake, police said Monday, warning that falling water levels would lead to the uncovering of more corpses.

Boaters on Lake Mead near Las Vegas discovered a corroded barrel with its sinister contents during a weekend pleasure trip.

“It’s going to be a very difficult case” to solve, Las Vegas Metro police officer Ray Spencer told the local 8newsnow.com, without giving details about what was inside the barrel.

Nearby Las Vegas has historically been a hive of mob-related villainy, with Mafiosi commonly believed to dispose of the bodies of their enemies in deep water. 

Lake Mead, which is fed by the Colorado River after it has passed through the Grand Canyon, is the largest manmade reservoir in the United States.

But its current level, at just 1,055 feet (321 meters), is its lowest since 1937.

Scientists say the decades-long megadrought in the western US is being exacerbated by human-made global warming.

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Originally published as US megadrought reveals 1980s body in lake, with more to come: police


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