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
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(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.

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syruscleat
Feb 21, 2013 11:27 AM CST
Certainly odd. She looks frightened. Maybe by pressing all the buttons at once she is stopping the elevator from functioning, to stop whoever is following her from using it below? She keeps looking in the hallway, as if she is expecting someone. Why didn't she knock on any of the hotel doors and scream for help? Maybe those odd hand movements is something she does when she's nervous, to ward off evil or something of that nature? If she was on drugs (which I don't think is the case) they will find it in the forensic tests, or maybe some DNA if she was sexually assaulted, that is if she wasn't in the water too long. Everyone in the hotel that day has to be questioned and anyone seen on hallway cameras too, including the maintenance crew. Could it be a suicide? Not likely.
postfreedomera
Feb 20, 2013 11:16 PM CST
My goodness, the fabulous leaps in these postings are incredible. Somebody thinks she's on drugs because of some odd behavior filmed on a stationary camera in an elevator, before she was (almost certainly) murdered? Did you ever consider she may be hiding, and unable to do so? Maybe she was fearful and trying to explain or discuss something with somebody she was trying to avoid? Or, how about some type of cultural body movements, perhaps even language barriers and attempted gesticulations to communicate? Any way you look at it, a young woman is dead, and obviously foul play at work. Let's hope they catch whoever did this. She is a victim. My condolences to the family.
Ultraworld
Feb 20, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Those ppl showered & drank dead lady water