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Human Remains at Lake Mead Identified as Las Vegas Man Who Drowned 50 Years Ago


Human remains set up at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada last time are those of a 39- time-old Las Vegas man who drowned nearly 50 times agone, authorities blazoned Tuesday.

DNA analysis and reports of the April 1974 drowning were used to identify the cadaverous remains as those of DonaldP. Smith of North Las Vegas, the Clark County coroner’s office said in a news release. Investigators ruled the death an accident.

As Lake Mead dries up, mystifications are being exposed

Smith’s cadaverous remains were discovered onOct. 17, when a diver set up what appeared to be a mortal bone in the Callville Bay area, roughly 30 long hauls east of Las Vegas. Divers set up another bone onOct. 19, which was determined to belong to the same person, according to the coroner’s office and Stacey Welling, elderly public information officer for Clark County.

A National Park Service dive platoon carried out a full hunt the coming day and verified a finding of cadaverous remains, a prophet has said.

officers have linked and notified Smith’s living cousins that his remains have been linked, Welling said.

The October discoveries marked the sixth and seventh times last time that remains had been set up at the country’s largest force amid a worsening failure and record-low water situations.

The findings have raised questions about the circumstances of the deaths and why so numerous sets of remains turned up in Lake Mead, a force formed by Hoover Dam.

Authorities last time linked remains discovered on May 7, also in Callville Bay, as those of Thomas Erndt, 42, of Las Vegas, who was reported to have drowned in August 2002, the coroner’s office said. The cause and manner of his death remain undetermined.

Other sets of remains set up last time have yet to be linked

Remains of the same person, whom the coroner’s office is working to identify, were set up on Boulder Beach on July 25,Aug. 6 andAug. 15.

Another set of remains, set up in a barrel May 1 in Hemenway Harbor, about 30 long hauls south of Callville Bay, were those of an unidentified man who failed from a projectile crack, the coroner’s office said.

Mysterious deaths at Lake Mead indicate possible connection to mob

Las Vegas police said two days after the discovery that investigators believed he was killed in the medial 1970s or early ’80s grounded on his apparel and footwear and that they were working to identify him.

OnAug. 18, Las Vegas police said that a intelligencer set up a gun near where the remains in the barrel had been discovered but that it wasn’t clear whether it was related to the remains.

Some original experts have said the payoff could have been a mob prosecution

Lake Mead is one of the busiest public premises in the country, drawing about 8 million callers a time, according to the National Park Service, which didn’t incontinently respond to a request for comment Wednesday.