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

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

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 4:14 AM EST, Thu February 21, 2013
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Body found in hotel's water tank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Elisa Lam disappeared from the hotel on January 31
  • The Canadian's body was found in a Cecil Hotel water tank Tuesday
  • Police are investigating the death

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Tourists staying at a Los Angeles hotel bathed, brushed teeth and drank 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 to those who consumed it. Results on tests on the water done Wednesday by the Los Angeles Public Health Department were expected later in the day.

Woman's body found in hotel water tank

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.

"We never thought anything of it," the British woman said. "We thought it was just the way it was here."

What she described was not normal.

"The shower was awful," she said. "When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal."

The hotel remained open after the discovery, but guests checking in Tuesday were told not to drink it, according to Qui Nguyen, who decided to find a new hotel Wednesday.

Nguyen said he learned about the body from a CNN reporter, not the hotel staff.

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by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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momof2boy2girl
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Me, too.

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 Oh my..I was gagging just reading this!

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acrogodess
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Eww that is just gross!!
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ShelbysHope76
by Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

 Wow....black first......that is just the nastiest thing..

parentalrights1
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Was thinking of showering but ill wait
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tambrathegreat
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Oh god, I would be drinking bleach water...  Ugh!

lisairv
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Yesterday at 3:11 PM
by Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM
1 mom liked this

Reminds me of that movie Dark Water. Yikes!

ShirreeM
by New Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM
So gross!
Poor girl :(
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM
1 mom liked this

I have nothing but jokes right now.... 

mommaoftwo
by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM
1 mom liked this


I have to agree. At least to empty the tank and pipes and bleach / sanitize everything.

Quoting annabl1970:

IMO Hotel should be closed.
Disgusting



Mommy of FIVE!!!



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Arroree
by Ruby Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Didn't they do a show with a story just like this on Bones or one of the CSI shows???  There was also a show where they found a body in the wine keg.

Just so gross. That poor girl.

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