5th set of human remains found in receding waters of Lake Mead

Another set of human remains were found in Lake Mead, the fifth set since May uncovered due to the lake's receding waters, now reaching historic lows.
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Transcript for 5th set of human remains found in receding waters of Lake Mead
FRIDAY. DAVID? >> ALL RIGHT, EVA PILGRIM WITH US TONIGHT. EVA, THANK YOU. >>> NOW TO A TROUBLING NEW DISCOVERY AT LAKE MEAD, AS WE CONTINUE TO REPORT ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS. TONIGHT, AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY NOW A FIFTH SET OF SKELETAL REMAINS. THE CALL COMING IN THIS WEEK OF THIS NEWEST DISCOVERY, FOUND BECAUSE WATER LEVELS HAVE FALLEN TO HISTORIC LOWS. LAKE MEAD IS THE LARGEST RESERVOIR ON THE COLORADO RIVER AND OUR CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT MATT GUTMAN BACK ON THIS TONIGHT ON THIS NEW DISCOVERY. >> Reporter: THE EVER-RECEDING WATERS OF LAKE MEAD REVEALING YET ANOTHER GRIM FIND. PARK RANGERS AND A POLICE DIVE TEAM RECOVERING A SET OF HUMAN REMAINS ON TUESDAY. >> THEY'VE BEEN FINDING BODIES, I FEEL LIKE EVERY WEEK OR SO. IT'S BEEN KIND OF CRAZY. >> Reporter: THEY ARE THE FIFTH HUMAN REMAINS TO BE FOUND IN THE LAKE'S RECEDING WATERS SINCE MAY. SOME OF THE REMAINS FROM EARLIER THIS SUMMER WERE FOUND IN A BARREL. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE VICTIM LIKELY DIED OF A GUNSHOT WOUND 40 OR 50 YEARS AGO. THEY'RE INVESTIGATING IT AS A HOMICIDE. AND AS ALARMING AS THESE FINDINGS ARE, THEY REVEAL SOMETHING ELSE -- THE CLIMATE CRISIS. THE LAKE, A VITAL SOURCE OF WATER FOR MORE THAN 25 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS SEVERAL STATES AND MEXICO, NOW SETTING HISTORIC LOW RECORDS. AND FOR MORE THAN A YEAR, WE'VE BEEN REPORTING ON THE DRASTIC CHANGES TO LAKE MEAD. DECADES AGO, THE WATER LEVEL HERE AT LAKE MEAD WAS SO HIGH THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY WORRIED IT WOULD LAP OVER THE HOOVER DAM. BUT TONIGHT, LAKE MEAD IS JUST 27% FULL. MORE THAN 70% OF THE WESTERN U.S. EXPERIENCING MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS OR WORSE, AMPLIFIED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. AND DAVID, AUTHORITIES SAY THAT MULTIPLE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THOSE DEATHS ARE ONGOING, BUT THEY ALSO WARN THAT AS THE WATERS AT LAKE MEAD CONTINUE TO RECEDE, AS THEY ARE FORECAST TO DO, IT'S VERY LIKELY THEY WILL FIND ADDITIONAL HUMAN REMAINS THERE. DA

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