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Body In Hotel Water Tank Is Missing Guest
A woman's body found in a tank that supplied water for showers and sinks in a US hotel is that of a missing Canadian guest.
Elisa Lam, 21, was identified using body markings, and investigators are trying to find out if there was foul play or "a very, very strange accident".
A maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles found the corpse on Tuesday after guests complained of low water pressure.
Officials spent much of the day struggling to remove it from one of four tanks on the roof.
"The location of the water tanks is very small and configured in a very tight way, so it's a little more difficult to get the body out," said police spokeswoman Sara Faden.
Around two dozen firefighters could be seen cutting through the tank under a canopy that shielded them from news helicopters overhead.
A spokesman for the LA County Department of Public Health said it was investigating the 4ft-by-8ft tanks to determine if the hotel's water supply had been contaminated.
Fire captain Jaime Moore reportedly said the tank where the body was found supplied rooms with water for showers and sinks, as well as being used to clean the hotel's linens.
Captain Moore said a water sample had shown "no biohazard concerns" and the hotel's water tanks were not connected.
Ms Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, travelled to California alone on January 27 and was last seen by staff at the hotel on January 31.
At the time of her disappearance, police said it appeared suspicious.
A security video taken in a lift at the hotel and released by police last week showed Ms Lam acting strangely, hiding in a corner and repeatedly peering around the lift doors into the hallway.
She was travelling to Santa Cruz, about 350 miles north of Los Angeles, and officials said she tended to use public transport, including trains and buses.
She had been in touch with her family daily until she disappeared.
The hotel is located in downtown LA, which is near Skid Row, where drug addiction and homelessness is rampant.
what do you think?
Totally bizarre. And to think all those people bathing in water that was being marinated by a dead body. Ewww!
Captain Moore said a water sample had shown "no biohazard concerns" and the hotel's water tanks were not connected. I'll admitt i thought the same till i read the above then i thought then why have them there?
Odd or what?
Must have big plug holes out there - O sorry it was not the waste was it :-O