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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:36 AM

Elisa Lam Death: Body of missing Canadian tourist found in LA hotel water tank, police say

Source: CBS News

A woman's body found wedged in a water tank on the roof of a downtown Los Angeles hotel was identified as that of a missing Canadian tourist, police said Tuesday.

Investigators used body marking to identify 21-year-old Elisa Lam, said police spokeswoman Officer Diana Figueroa. A maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel found the body Tuesday morning after guests complained of low water pressure.

Lam traveled to California alone on Jan. 27 from Vancouver, British Columbia. She was last seen by hotel employees on Jan. 31.

Investigators were trying to determine whether there was foul play in the woman's death or "a very, very strange accident" occurred, police spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden said.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57570240-504083/elisa-lam-death-body-of-missing-canadian-tourist-found-in-la-hotel-water-tank-police-say/



Eww. Ewwwww. Body decomposes in actively used water tank over the course of two weeks.

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Reply Elisa Lam Death: Body of missing Canadian tourist found in LA hotel water tank, police say (Original post)
Recursion Feb 2013 OP
SCVDem Feb 2013 #1
Submariner Feb 2013 #10
They_Live Feb 2013 #2
bullwinkle428 Feb 2013 #3
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2013 #7
polly7 Feb 2013 #4
Berlin Expat Feb 2013 #5
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #8
Berlin Expat Feb 2013 #9
wolfie001 Feb 2013 #6
Voice for Peace Feb 2013 #11
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #12
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #13
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #14

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:45 AM

1. I would retroactively hurl!



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Response to SCVDem (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:30 PM

10. I don't think I will ever be able to brush my teeth

with hotel water ever again.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:49 AM

2. Yuck

I'll be checking the water tank at every hotel I stay at before I check in from now on, I guess.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:05 PM

3. Damn! I just watched an old episode of "Law & Order : CI", where someone

was murdered and dumped into a rooftop water tank of an apartment building.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:29 PM

7. I was thinking of the well scene in The Walking Dead.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:09 PM

4. Very sad. nt.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:21 PM

5. Yikes! It's like the

Hideo Nakata film "Dark Water" in real-life!

Beware of onryō !!

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Response to Berlin Expat (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

8. That was what I first thought of...

when I heard this story.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:36 PM

9. Well, if your new next-door neighbor

<> looks like this, you might wanna run like hell.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:29 PM

6. Had to be a hotel staffer, right?

...or Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick....sorry, couldn't help myself....

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:56 PM

11. an internet meet up gone bad?

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:00 PM

12. Really? Low water pressure was the first clue?

Eww.....

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:14 PM

13. Pics of the tanks:


Body found in water tank on roof of downtown Los Angeles hotel believed to be Canadian tourist, 21, who went missing nearly three weeks ago
By Reuters Reporter and Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 00:24 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:25 EST, 20 February 2013

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef017d412a7a8d970c-640wi
Residents disgusted after woman's body found in hotel water tank
February 19, 2013 | 3:32 pm

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1163263!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg
Elisa Lam's body found on L.A. hotel rooftop, police confirm
Darcy Wintonyk, CTV British Columbia
Published Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 1:30PM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 8:38PM PST


Body found in LA hotel water tank may be missing Canadian tourist
By Dan Whitcomb | Reuters 4 hrs ago

It would take some real work to fall into one of those by accident

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:42 PM

14. How did woman's body come to be in L.A. hotel water tank?


By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 4:47 PM EST, Thu February 21, 2013

... Los Angeles robbery-homicide detectives are treating this as a suspicious death for obvious reasons, Lopez said. Falling into a covered water tank behind a locked door on top of a roof would be an unusual accident ...

Preliminary results may be announced late Thursday or Friday morning, according to assistant chief coroner Ed Winter. It will be several weeks before investigators have the toxicology lab report which would show whether Lam had any drugs in her system.

One clue comes from security camera video of Lam inside a hotel elevator the last day she was seen. She is seen walking into the elevator, pushing the buttons for four floors and then peering out of the opened elevator door as if she is hiding or looking for someone ..

New guests continued to check into the Cecil in the hours after firefighters removed Lam's body from the water tank. But each guest was asked to sign a waiver releasing the hotel from liability if they become ill. "You do so at your own risk and peril," the hotel's release said. Guests who already paid for their rooms would not get refunds if they move out, it said ...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/us/california-hotel-water-corpse/?hpt=us_c1

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