Human stays discovered at Lake Mead earlier this yr have been recognized as a Las Vegas man who drowned practically 20 years in the past, authorities stated.
Thomas Erndt, 42, drowned within the lake on Aug. 2, 2002, in response to the Clark County Coroner’s Workplace. His stays had been found Could 7 within the Callville Bay space.
Erndt was recognized utilizing DNA evaluation in addition to investigative info and stories from the unique incident, authorities stated.
The trigger and method of Erndt’s demise is undetermined, however a coroner spokesperson stated he was believed to have drowned.
Erndt “jumped from a boat on Aug. 2, 2002, is missing and presumed drowned,” in response to a demise announcement printed within the Evaluation-Journal. His memorial service passed off Aug. 9, 2002, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.
His stays are one in all 5 units of human stays which have turned up in current months since water ranges have dramatically dipped due to a lingering drought.
On Could 1, a person’s stays had been found in a barrel at Hemenway Harbor, in response to the coroner’s workplace. The person is believed to have been fatally shot between the mid-Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties, in response to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division.
“We believe this is a homicide as a result of a gunshot wound,” stated Murder Part Lt. Ray Spencer. The investigation is continuous.
Partial skeletal stays had been found Aug. 6 within the Boulder Seaside space, the identical space that continues to be had been beforehand discovered on July 15, in response to the coroner’s workplace. Investigators are trying to find out whether or not the 2 units of human stays are the identical particular person.
Human stays had been additionally found Aug. 16 within the Boulder Seaside space by a park customer. No different info was accessible Friday morning.