Las Vegas Police- Human Remains Found Lake Mead– LVMPD suspected a 1980’s homicide as more human dead bodies have been found in lake mead at Callville Bay. According to the NPS statement, National Park Service rangers received a witness report of human skeletal remains discovered at Callville Bay in Lake Mead National Recreation Area at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
“Park rangers responded to the call and are on scene to set a perimeter and recover the remains. The Clark County Medical Examiner has been contacted to determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.”
NPS and LVMPD started an investigation after human remains were found inside a barrel that had turned up on shore.
NPS rangers launched to search of the area near Hemenway Harbor at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, after a witness told authorities they had found a barrel.
According to a witness identified as Shawna Hollister, she said “My husband heard a woman scream and then he went to look and found the body in a very deteriorated 50-gallon drum.
“He found a man that was mostly bones, except for some of his shirt and belt showing.”
Hollister took photographs of the barrel and then told park rangers about the grisly discovery. They passed on the information to the authorities.
The police believed the remains were related to a homicide. LVMPD homicide lieutenant Ray Spencer also said he is “pretty confident” that the barrel in question had been at the site since the 1980.
Discovery of human remains at Lake Mead being investigated as homicide – LVMPD press release.
On the afternoon of May 1, 2022, US Park Rangers of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Special Agents of the NPS Investigative Services Branch responded to the area of Hemenway Harbor after a witness reported finding a barrel containing human remains.
A perimeter was set and the NPS coordinated with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Crime Scene Investigations Section to recover the remains.
“We believe this is a homicide as a result of a gunshot wound,” said Homicide Section Lt. Ray Spencer. Investigators believe the victim was killed sometime in the mid ‘70s to early ‘80s, based on clothing and footwear the victim was found with.
Though no further details about this ongoing investigation are available at this time, investigators are currently working to identify the victim.
Anyone with information that could help is asked to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at [email protected] To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com
And remember, if you see something suspicious in any National Park Service site, or if you have information that could aid an investigation, stay safe and tell us about it. We understand that it may take time to reach park personnel and/or areas with cell or internet service. Talk to any NPS employee for help in reporting suspicious activity, or submit a tip for any park, anytime. You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know: