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Friday, February 22, 2013

Body found in Los Angeles hotel water tank needs more tests

LOS ANGELES – More tests are needed to determine whether the young Canadian tourist whose body was found wedged in a water tank on top of a Los Angeles hotel was killed or the victim of a bizarre accident, authorities said.

An autopsy performed Thursday didn't provide definitive answers into the case of Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia. Police have called her death suspicious.

Coroner's officials will await toxicology tests before making a final determination.

Guest complaints about low water pressure prompted a maintenance worker to make the gruesome discovery on Tuesday in a water cistern atop the Cecil Hotel.

Before she died, hotel surveillance footage showed Lam inside an elevator pushing buttons and sticking her head out the doors, looking in both directions.

Guests at the time described the water as having a terrible taste. Water tested from the hotel didn't contain any live bacteria that would cause illness. More

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