Saturday, February 23, 2013

California: Body of Canadian Woman, 21, Found in Roof Water Tank in Los Angeles

According to The Associated Press, after a number of guests at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles complained to hotel staff about low water pressure, a maintenance worker made a gruesome discovery on February 19, by finding the body of a hotel guest, Elisa Lam, 21, an ethnic Chinese-Canadian who lived in Vancouver.

Ms. Lam, was reportedly found in one of four different water cisterns located on the roof of the hotel, none of which are accessible to hotel guests.

Considering that Elisa Lam disappeared for over five days, hotel guests immediately were concerned with the water quality, as the cisterns provide water to all guests for washing and drinking water.

COMMENT: Although an autopsy has been conducted on the victim, it reportedly has been inconclusive in terms of whether Ms. Lam died by accident or foul play. 

Toxicology tests have also been ordered, but the results may not be available for a number of weeks.

Before she disappeared, hotel surveillance footage revealed Ms. Lam inside of a hotel elevator, pushing various buttons and cautiously looking out of the elevator both ways, without explanation.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the cisterns are located on a platform at least three meters above the roof. To access the tanks, someone would have to go to the top floor, then take a staircase up to the roof, where a locked door would be encountered, not to mention an emergency alarm that would activate unless turned off with a cypher code.  

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.