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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.

Neon Washable Paint

by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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Mipsy
by Bronze Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

When the water came out black, why did they say anything? Uhm, ew!

And I don't see how a decomposing body can't pose health risks. Doesn't it emit all sorts or gross stuff? And then you will have people sueing the hotel (which needs to be closed right now!) but it's not like you think to check yoru water tanks for dead bodies! 

And lastly, this poor girl. So young. How horrible :(

Mommy383
by Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Oh that's gross. I never drink hotel water. Seriously if I were there I might have thrown up.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I thought of that too. I hated that movie and never looked the same at Roosevelt Island again. Yuck.

Quoting lisairv:

Reminds me of that movie Dark Water. Yikes!


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TrouserMouse
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Puke.

gammie
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

If the water taste funny YOU DON'T drink it. And if the water is black at first you report it and get another hotel.

lisairv
by Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

First thing that came to mind. 

Quoting NWP:

I thought of that too. I hated that movie and never looked the same at Roosevelt Island again. Yuck.

Quoting lisairv:

Reminds me of that movie Dark Water. Yikes!



NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM

At least two CSI's...I remember one last season that had a body in the plumbing of a hotel in the original...and I think CSI NY had one in the water tank.

I don't know about Bones, but it sounds right.

Times like this remind me I watch too much tv.

Quoting Arroree:

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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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I didn't see this!


wickedfiress
by Kellie on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I've never been happy about my digestive problems when traveling causing me to "waste" money on bottled water.... until now. 

wickedfiress
by Kellie on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM


Quoting Arroree:

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.

There was a body in the wine keg on Bones. :) 


It's amazing how people don't hold themselves to the standards they set for others.

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