Six times human remains were recovered at Lake Mead in 2022

As the waters of Lake Mead have receded during an unprecedented drought, human remains were found on at least six occasions in the year 2022. The process to identify the human remains found at the lake has been challenging due to advance stages of decomposition, which makes it difficult to extract DNA for identification.

One body has been identified as Thomas Erndt, who was a 42-year-old from Las Vegas reportedly drowned August 2, 2002, authorities said. One other unidentified individual’s body was found in a corroding barrel with a gunshot wound, officials said previously. That case is being investigated as a homicide.

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