A shrinking lake has produced evidence of a death that may have occurred more than 80 years ago.
Mountain Lake, the centerpiece of the celebrated Mountain Lake Resort, is one of only two natural lakes in Virginia. Estimated to be more than 10,000 years old, the lake occasionally recedes due to geologic phenomena. Currently, the lake is more than 50 feet below capacity.
The Roanoke Times reports that the newly-exposed lake bottom has revealed human remains that may date back to the 1920s. Besides the skeletal remains, an investigator said that a search turned up coins in the vicinity, none of which is dated later than 1920.
UPDATE: Tuesday’s Roanoke Times has more details and comments about the unusual find, with photos of the artifacts.
By Peter Vieth