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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:41 PM

Corpse found in L.A. hotel's water tank

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Source: CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Tourists staying at a Los Angeles hotel bathed, brushed teeth and drank with water from a tank in which a young woman's body was likely decomposing for more than two weeks, police said.

Elisa Lam's corpse was found in the Cecil Hotel's rooftop water tank by a maintenance worker who was trying to figure out why the water pressure was low Tuesday.

Lam's parents reported her missing in early February. The last sighting of her was in the hotel on January 31, Los Angeles Police said.
Detectives are now investigating the 21-year-old Canadian's suspicious death, police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

It was not clear whether the water presented any health risks. Results on tests on the water done Wednesday by the Los Angeles Public Health Department were expected later in the day.

The hotel management has not responded to CNN requests for comment.
Video appears to show four cisterns on the hotel roof.

People who stayed at the Cecil since Lam's disappearance expressed shock about developments.

"The water did have a funny taste," Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/20/us/california-hotel-water-corpse/index.html?hpt=hp_t1



horrible story on so many levels...

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Reply Corpse found in L.A. hotel's water tank (Original post)
trailmonkee Feb 2013 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #1
cosmicone Feb 2013 #2
Enrique Feb 2013 #3
Beacool Feb 2013 #23
Supply Side Jesus Feb 2013 #32
angstlessk Feb 2013 #4
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #5
840high Feb 2013 #7
lonestarnot Feb 2013 #6
Beacool Feb 2013 #22
Auggie Feb 2013 #8
bullwinkle428 Feb 2013 #24
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2013 #28
Lars39 Feb 2013 #34
cvoogt Feb 2013 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #10
polly7 Feb 2013 #27
fujiyama Feb 2013 #30
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #11
Cronus Protagonist Feb 2013 #12
BlueJazz Feb 2013 #13
alfredo Feb 2013 #15
undeterred Feb 2013 #14
DeSwiss Feb 2013 #29
derby378 Feb 2013 #16
LineLineNew Reply .
nolabear Feb 2013 #18
lynne Feb 2013 #19
Vinnie From Indy Feb 2013 #26
Aerows Feb 2013 #39
bucolic_frolic Feb 2013 #17
TomCADem Feb 2013 #20
Beacool Feb 2013 #21
OnyxCollie Feb 2013 #25
tblue Feb 2013 #31
go west young man Feb 2013 #33
gateley Feb 2013 #35
go west young man Feb 2013 #38
ck4829 Feb 2013 #36
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #37
slackmaster Feb 2013 #40
OKNancy Feb 2013 #41

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:44 PM

1. OMG. Eww. Ewww.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:45 PM

2. Dupe n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:46 PM

3. "suspicious death"

ya think?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:44 PM

23. That made me roll my eyes too.

Officer, we just thought that she mistook the water tank for the swimming pool.



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Response to Enrique (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:04 AM

32. S.O.P.

Classified such as until determination is made of the Manner of Death

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:49 PM

4. Okay so, I have my whisky and want to add water..and the water is sputtering, not flowing

and I call the desk..and they send up someone to check out why the water tank is sputtering..only to find a decaying body in said tank...all the while you are drinking your whiskey and (decaying body) water...

What to do? Stop drinking? I think NOT

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:54 PM

5. Stop drinking? I don't think I could stop vomiting.

Ever.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:57 PM

7. Ever!!!!

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:56 PM

6. Welp, if you poured a good drink, you don't need to worry.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:43 PM

22. The alcohol would have killed the germs.

Hopefully..........

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:59 PM

8. Coming soon to a CSI script, no doubt

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:44 PM

24. I watched an old episode of "Law & Order:CI", and this was how they found a body

to start the storyline.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:37 AM

28. Or Bones

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:23 AM

34. Monk episode, 'cept it was wine vat.

"Do you smell Aqua Velva?"

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:01 PM

9. surprising

how many people find humor in this. I can't bring myself to laugh about any of this. I mean, sure, these things happen, but this is someone's daughter - only 21. I don't really care about people being inconvenienced by her body in the water tank. There are worse problems you could have.. like for example being the person who wound up in the water tank.

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Response to cvoogt (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:06 PM

10. Oh, it's not funny at all; it's horrifying for everyone concerned.

I sure hope they find out how that poor girl wound up in that water tank.

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Response to cvoogt (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:35 AM

27. I'm surprised too,

I feel just awful for her family. Very, very sad.

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Response to cvoogt (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:49 AM

30. I agree.

Nothing funny here at all. A young woman was likely murdered and people are saying "Eww gross" about the water?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:16 PM

11. That sure kills this old image...

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:17 PM

12. Signs have been posted outside that hotel for weeks looking for her

I was already thinking she'd be dead. It's two blocks from skid row, the hotel is full of the lowest elements of society and on top of that, there's 50,000 people living on the streets sent here from all over the country for the milder climate and services... oh and to get rid of their troublemakers they often give them a one way bus ticket to the Cecil. I saw the pics of her on the lamp posts, which the street cleanup crews graciously allowed to stay.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:20 PM

13. "Honey....Jimmy said I got a call from the hotel I stayed at last week while on my business trip"

Wife: I..ah...talked to them. It was nothing...just nothing.

Wife thinks: I'm the best wife in the world....

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:38 PM

15. No Shit! I wouldn't want to know unless I got sick from the water.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:35 PM

14. Wasn't there a story about a woman who died in a public swimming pool and the body

was in there for several days before anyone noticed?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:40 PM

16. "I taste dead people..."

Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

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Response to derby378 (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:23 PM

18. .

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Response to derby378 (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:08 PM

19. As grossed out as the story makes me -

- your comment made me literally LOL!

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Response to derby378 (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:30 AM

26. Bravo!

Cheers!

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Response to derby378 (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:15 AM

39. DUzy!

That was hilarious.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:47 PM

17. Canadian Missed

I once went to a pyramid marketing scheme for water filters.

Their advice?

Buy a filter, or be a filter.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:29 PM

20. Soylent Green Is Made Out of People!!!

A hotel full of unwitting cannibals. I guess they can just bottle their tap water:

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:40 PM

21. Eeeewwwww!!!!

"The water did have a funny taste," Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days.




Poor girl, rest in peace.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:27 AM

25. Damn, that is NASTY!

Really, really NASTY.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:52 AM

31. AAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHG!!!!!

How creepy, gross, and sad!!!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:21 AM

33. Not finding this funny like so many DU'ers here.

I find it nothing but sad. You folks may want to check your compassion levels.

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Response to go west young man (Reply #33)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:10 AM

35. You may want to check your "holier than thou" levels.

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Response to gateley (Reply #35)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:10 AM

38. DU used to be about seriously changing politics.

It looks closer to Live Leak or Pro Chan with all the adolescent banter in regards to someones demise. As far as "holy issues" and religion goes I am far far from that side of things. I just get tired of seeing this board turning into verbal self gratification with no empathy for what really matters. The site is lacking in depth and substance these days. The comments here prove my point. Just my opinion.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:47 AM

36. There's a security video of an elevator she was in, she was stalked

Hope they catch the guy.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:51 AM

37. Good way to get cholera.

Awful.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:26 AM

40. Just another day in the City of Angels

 

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:46 AM

41. duplicate topic - locking

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