Feb 22, 2013
The guests at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles were concerned about the water. There was weak pressure in the bathroom taps and showers, and a flood in one of the rooms on the fourth floor. “The water did have a funny taste,” said a British guest, Sabrina Baugh. “When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.” Baugh and her husband had been staying at the Cecil for over a week. “We thought it was just the way it was here,” she later told CNN.
But when one of the Baugh’s fellow residents complained on Tuesday, a maintenance worker was sent to investigate, and in one of the four large, metal water towers on the roof, he made a gruesome discovery: the body of a young woman, lying at the bottom of the tank.
The body was soon identified as that of 21-year-old Elisa Lam, a Canadian student, who had been missing for three weeks. The cause of death, said LAPD Sergeant Rudy Lopez, remained uncertain. Foul play had not been ruled out, nor had the possibility of “a very, very strange accident”.
Lam, who arrived in California from Vancouver on 26 January, was last seen acting strangely on CCTV footage from the a hotel lift on 31 January.
This article was posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:54 am