Corpse found in hotel water tank


A corpse was found Tuesday in a rooftop water tank at the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles where guests drank and bathed from.

The body of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was discovered by a maintenance worker when the hotel received complaints about the water, according to CNN.

Lam was last seen at the hotel Jan. 31, police said.

Her body had most likely been decomposing in the tank for more than two weeks.

Officials struggled throughout Tuesday to remove her body from the tank’s tight space.

Guests said the water was black when the tap was first turned on and had a bad taste.

Hotel management instructed guests not to drink the water while they looked into the finding.

Tests to determine whether or not the water posed a health risk to guests has not been returned from the Los Angeles Public Health Department.

Detectives are currently investigating the cause of death.

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