National Recreation Area is showing the dramatic effects of falling water levels from the . The nation's largest reservoir is now giving up many of its secrets, including a discovered since May.
Among those found were the remains of Daniel Kolod, who went missing in 1958. At the time, he was on a speedboat with one of his best friends, his son Todd Kolod told CBS News' partner, The Weather Channel.
"My dad was 22. His buddy Mike was 23. And I think it was more boat than they could handle," Kolod said.
Daniel Kolod's remains were found on May 7. Not even a week before, a woman had found a.
The discoveries have prompted speculation that the lake was used as a burial ground byfrom the early days of Las Vegas, which is just a 30-minute drive from the lake.
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was a lawyer and represented powerful people in Old Vegas. Despite the shock of a body being found in a barrel at the bottom of a lake, he said that he doesn't believe the death was mob-related.
"Well, we would have heard if it was mob related. Why drive all the way out and put somebody in a barrel? They would want people to know it. It was to teach a lesson," Goodman said.
Police are shocked at how low the water level at Lake Mead is and how it continues to recede — revealing bodies of the past.
"We believe that that barrel was at one time under approximately 150 feet of water. I never dreamed I would see the lake this low," Las Vegas Metro Homicide Lt. Jason Johansson said.
As more remains are uncovered, Kolod said the impacts of climate change tell a much darker picture.
"If I could wave, a magic wand and erase the impacts of climate change and drought and agricultural consumption and make all that go away, I would gladly take having my dad's remains be lost forever. It's just not worth it," said Kolod.
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