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Police Work to Identify Body Found Near Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS -- Authorities are trying to identify the body of a woman found near Lake Mead Thursday afternoon. The body was found on the Arizona side of the lake near the Kingman Wash Road. 

Las Vegas Metro Police say the call came in at about 11:30 a.m. Officers say two tourists found the burned body along the side of a  dirt road.

"Our rangers responded. They were able to confirm that they were human remains. We had National Park Service special agents on scene to take a look at it," said Lake Mead National Recreation Area Public Affairs Officer Andrew Munoz.

The body was found on federal land in an area frequently visited by tourists and locals.

"This is a mildly popular area for locals. You can get access to the lake, popular for camping and fishing," Munoz said.

Las Vegas homicide detectives are handling the investigation. Crime scene investigators from the Mojave County Sheriff's Office and homicide detectives from Las Vegas Metro Police scoured the area for clues, trying to figure out how the body got there and who it belongs to.

"We work closely with the local agencies. They have a lot more resources than we do to investigate some of the more complicated crimes. So, having Las Vegas Metro on scene with their CSI(s) is going to aid us with their expertise and hopefully provide us more answers as this investigation moves forward," said Munoz.

Metro Police say the woman's body could be identified as early as Friday. Authorities stress that, so far, an identification has not been made.

Local and national media outlets, including 8 News NOW, have extensively covered the recent disappearance of Las Vegas showgirl Debbie Flores-Narvaez. Police advise the public not to jump to conclusions and assume the body is that of the missing woman.


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