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Shrinking Lake Mead exposes another body

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Another body has surfaced at Lake Mead — this time in a swimming area where water levels have dropped as the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam recedes because of drought and climate change.

The National Park Service did not say how long officials think the corpse was submerged in the Boulder Beach area before it was found Monday by people who summoned park rangers.

Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse said Tuesday that it was partially encased in mud at the water line of the swimming area along the shore north of Hemenway Harbor marina.

The gender of the dead person was not immediatel­y apparent, Rouse said, and it was too early to tell a time, cause and manner of death.

The corpse was the third found since May as the shoreline retreats at the shrinking reservoir between Nevada and Arizona east of Las Vegas. The lake surface has dropped more than 170 feet since the reservoir was full in 1983. It is now about 30 percent full.

The coroner said her office was continuing work to identify a man whose body was found May 1 in a rusted barrel in the Hemenway Harbor area and a man whose bones were found May 7 in a newly surfaced sandbar near Callville Bay, more than nine miles from the marina.

On July 6, the body of a 22year-old Boulder City woman was found in the water near where she disappeare­d while riding a personal watercraft. Rouse said it may take several weeks to determine her cause of death.

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