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Park officials: Female body found at Lake Mead area

Updated Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 | 4:43 p.m.

A body was found at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the Kingman Wash Thursday morning.

The female body was found by two hikers in a desert area in wash, said Metro Police spokesman Jay Rivera. The hikers, a man and his girlfriend, called police at 11:38 a.m. and told police that the body appeared to have been burned, Rivera said.

He said he could not speculate on the possibility of the body being that of missing Luxor dancer Debbie Flores-Narvaez.

“We can’t rule it out,” Rivera said. “Until the coroner does a positive identification, we have no idea who the individual is."

Metro’s homicide unit was at the scene and police said jurisdictional issues will need to be worked out between Metro and Mojave County police, Rivera said.

Kevin Turner, a park ranger, said the body was on the Arizona side of the recreation area. It was found a couple of miles from the interchange of U.S. 93 and the Kingman Wash, he said.

Metro Police, rangers at Lake Mead and the Mojave County Police in Arizona are investigating the finding, Turner said. Rivera said Thursday afternoon that Metro Police’s homicide detectives were going to the recreation area to investigate.

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