Missing Tourist Found —in LA Hotel's Water Tank

Foul play suspected in Canadian's death

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 20, 2013 1:38 AM CST | Updated Feb 20, 2013 3:33 AM CST

(Newser) – The body of a Canadian tourist missing in Los Angeles for three weeks has been found in the hotel she never checked out of—in a water tank on the roof. The grisly discovery was made by a maintenance worker investigating complaints of low water pressure, the Los Angeles Times reports. Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old from Vancouver, had last been seen by a desk clerk at the Hotel Cecil.

Video released by police after Lam's disappearance showed her acting strangely in the hotel's elevator, CTV reports. She enters the elevator, presses buttons for multiple floors, presses herself against the wall as if hiding from somebody, and then gestures in the hallway outside. Police suspect foul play in the death of the student, who was in daily contact with her family before she disappeared.

This photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)
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