Body of tourist found in LA hotel water tank

Body of tourist found in LA hotel water tank

Police say a body found in a hotel water tank in Downtown Los Angeles is that of missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam.

According to Associated Press, investigators used body markings to identify the 21-year-old, officer Diana Figueroa said on Tuesday.

A maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel found the body earlier in the day after guests complained of low water pressure.

Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, is said to have travelled to California alone on 27 January and was last seen by staff at Cecil on 31 January.

Los Angeles Times reports that Lam's final destination was believed to be Santa Cruz and that it was unclear why she was visiting California.

Officer Sara Faden said investigators were trying to determine whether her death was suspicious or a 'very, very strange accident'.

'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,' she said.

Bernard Diaz, 89, a 32-year tenant of the hotel told Los Angeles Times he heard a 'tremendous' noise the night before Lam was missing in the fourth floor above him.

He said there was flooding on the fourth floor the day after she went missing.

'They said there was some obstruction to the drain between the third and fourth floor,' Diaz said.

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