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EWWW!!! Corpse found in L.A. hotel's water tank
by NWP
February 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

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.

Replies

  • stormcris
    February 21, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Oh gross "the water did have a funny taste"

  • Woodbabe
    February 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Mmm makes me want to take a nice long hot shower....NOT

  • IhaveHisjoy
    February 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM

     Oh my..I was gagging just reading this!

  • kam013
    by kam013
    February 21, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I don't think I have ever read anything that makes me want to throw-up more than this!!  The thought of it is turning my stomach!

    ETA:  Now everytime I go to a hotel I am going to have to ask to see their water tanks!!!!

  • KKmommy3
    February 21, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I read an article about this when they first found her, and All I could think of was WTH were the hotel guests doing with that water before they found her? yikes.  Yuck! EEW!  OMG, I think I would be so sick if I had just been there..  

    It is so horrible. it gives me the willies.


  • NWP
    by NWP
    February 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I have to say that I have a very high tolerance about these kinds of things, but this one has me gagging too.

    Ugh...and Poor girl!

    Quoting kam013:

    I don't think I have ever read anything that makes me want to throw-up more than this!!  The thought of it is turning my stomach!

    ETA:  Now everytime I go to a hotel I am going to have to ask to see their water tanks!!!!


  • canadianmom1974
    February 21, 2013 at 8:38 AM
    I have always hated drinking water from taps at hotels. This doesn't help. Poor girl.
  • annabl1970
    February 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM
    OMG poor girl!
  • annabl1970
    February 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM
    IMO Hotel should be closed.
    Disgusting
  • annabl1970
    February 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM
    I never drink tap water