LAKE MEAD, Nev. (TCD) -- Clark County officials positively identified remains found in October as a 39-year-old man who drowned in Lake Mead almost 50 years ago.
KLAS-TV reports the remains are those of Donald Smith, a North Las Vegas resident who drowned in April 1974. Smith’s death was reportedly ruled accidental.
A diver reportedly discovered Smith’s remains Oct. 17 in Callville Bay, according to NBC News. On Oct. 20, a dive team from the National Park Service reportedly conducted a full search and located even more bones.
Lt. Ray Spencer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the time, "The water level has dropped so much over the last 30 to 40 years that, where the person was located, if a person were to drop the barrel in the water and it sinks, you are never going to find it unless the water level drops."
A report by NASA in July 2022 showed that Lake Mead’s water was at its lowest since April 1937, and it hasn’t been at full capacity since 1983 and 1999.