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Body Found Inside Water Tank Atop Hotel Identified As Missing Canadian Tourist
CBS Los Angeles ^ | February 19, 2013 8:58 PM

Posted on 02/21/2013 3:03:03 PM PST by null and void

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Canadian tourist Tuesday was found dead in a water tank on top of a downtown Los Angeles hotel.

Elisa Lam, 21, had last been seen at the hotel on Jan. 26.

Police and firefighters were summoned to the Cecil Hotel at 640 South Main St. shortly after 10 a.m., according to LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.

KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports guests were disturbed to learn Lam’s nude body was found inside of one of four large water tanks.

A maintenance worker discovered the body after he received reports from hotel guests of low water pressure in the building and went up to the roof to investigate the cause.

Peschiutta reported a man who lives in the building said tenants were warned earlier in the day to avoid using the water.

One guest, however, said despite checking in Monday night, she only heard about the water tank once the investigation began.

“I wanted to check out right away,” the unidentified female said, adding that while she had not used the shower, she had been using water to drink, wash her hands, and brush her teeth. “I’m going to stay in the Westin [Hotel].”

The fire department said health officials tested the water and found no hazardous materials.


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They say the water tasted funny.
1 posted on 02/21/2013 3:03:15 PM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

I would think it had to be someone who is familiar with that hotel. Either a hotel employee or someone who does work for the hotel. Water tanks are not a usual dumping ground I’m guessing.


2 posted on 02/21/2013 3:09:14 PM PST by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: null and void

I’ll bet that was not a very attractive body if it had been soaking for almost a month.

“Don’t drink the water!”...


3 posted on 02/21/2013 3:10:23 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: null and void

Eating Raoul

Drinking Elisa


4 posted on 02/21/2013 3:17:47 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: null and void

That is pretty disgusting


5 posted on 02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Almost as bad as the poopers not working on a cruise ship.


6 posted on 02/21/2013 3:19:54 PM PST by Venturer
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To: null and void

What was the dead Canadian tourist doing in the water tank?

The ‘stroke’


7 posted on 02/21/2013 3:21:34 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: null and void

What did one cannibal who was eating a circus clown say to the other cannibal?

“you know, this tastes funny”


8 posted on 02/21/2013 3:26:12 PM PST by job
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To: Robert DeLong; null and void

You may be right. now I see the story says she was nude. Who even thinks of a water tank for a dumping site? Who would know or have access to water tanks?


9 posted on 02/21/2013 3:36:48 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

went skinny dippin and drowned?


10 posted on 02/21/2013 3:51:14 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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This story really makes me sick.

Everyone is making jokes about the water and there is this poor young lady most likely murdered.

I HATE murderers.

11 posted on 02/21/2013 3:58:34 PM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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Basil: “There’s a tourist in the water tank!”

Manuel, laughing: “How a tortoise geet up there, Meester Faulty?”

Basil: “Don’t mind Manuel. He’s from Barcelona.”


12 posted on 02/21/2013 3:59:35 PM PST by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Tolkien; Jim Robinson; Admin Moderator
>>>This story really makes me sick. Everyone is making jokes about the water and there is this poor young lady most likely murdered.

I could not agree more. It's pretty sad that FR is a site that at times can be as disgusting and Godless than the DUmp.

I cannot imagine joking about a young woman's death/murder. I guess the decline of a decent society can be seen witnessed as well. The really sad part is people will show up defending their "joke." Again...decent people don't do such things. Godless people do.

13 posted on 02/21/2013 4:08:46 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: null and void

They’ve tried to clean it up in the last couple of years and market it as a budget boutique hotel in the hip downtown area, but it’s really still just a fleabag joint on the edge of skid row. It’s junkies and foreign tourists who don’t know any better.


14 posted on 02/21/2013 4:09:01 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Tolkien

Agreed. Someone’s daughter is dead at 21. Very sad.


15 posted on 02/21/2013 4:11:10 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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>>>Agreed. Someone’s daughter is dead at 21. Very sad.

We (FR) are supposed to be better than this. Life is supposed to be valued...and we are supposed to act towards people the way we want them to act towards us. Guess not.

16 posted on 02/21/2013 4:15:59 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: null and void
Take your own water with you next time you venture across the border!


17 posted on 02/21/2013 4:17:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: null and void

Another opportunity for the Church Ladies of the Harper Valley PTA visiting us here to mount their high horses!


18 posted on 02/21/2013 4:19:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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Inside or semi-inside job. You’d have to know those cisterns were there and how to get to them.

The news report at the source showed some elevator security video of the supposed victim acting suspiciously, like she was hiding from someone.


19 posted on 02/21/2013 4:26:55 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: beelzepug
"BASIL!!"
20 posted on 02/21/2013 4:28:39 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: NELSON111
>>>This story really makes me sick. Everyone is making jokes about the water and there is this poor young lady most likely murdered.

I could not agree more. It's pretty sad that FR is a site that at times can be as disgusting and Godless than the DUmp.

Oh come on. You didnt seem to be bothered when it was journalists in the tank for Obama, now, did you?

21 posted on 02/21/2013 4:28:47 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: null and void

RIP Elisa Lam

Doesn't look like a place to skinny dip.
Looks like a place for a sicko to dump a rape/murder victim.

22 posted on 02/21/2013 4:28:52 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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I’m trying to understand a technical issue with this story because something seems a bit weird beyond the finding of a body in a water tank. I’ve worked in a wide range of commercial office buildings and number of large hotels and on many occasions, had to go on to the roof of many of them to do some work on cooling towers or other components of HVAC systems. Admittedly, I don’t work on the water systems and none of my experiences involved Los Angeles. However, I don’t ever remember being on a roof that had an accessible tank that was used for potable water… never. For one thing, uncontrolled pollutants and insects could access it, in cold climes it would freeze and in warm climes it would get warm. There would be huge risks of legionnaire’s disease and moulds forming depending on the temperature etc etc. Yes, there needs to be a means of regulating building water pressures and flows…. But do they really do this for potable water through the use of tanks that are accessible? I would have thought that a sealed tank would have been used, no? If a Freeper here has some experience in this area, I would greatly appreciate being enlightened……


23 posted on 02/21/2013 4:32:47 PM PST by hecticskeptic
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To: null and void
Tomorrow's headline today:

In Body of Water a Body!

24 posted on 02/21/2013 4:33:29 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: null and void
Was it one of these guys?


25 posted on 02/21/2013 5:30:00 PM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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I saw clips this morning on the news of this young woman nervously hitting every button on the elevator on the day she went missing. She would stop on every floor, look nervously outside, then continue on. She was hiding from someone. She was very much afraid. Freepers, this is not a joking matter.


26 posted on 02/21/2013 6:17:11 PM PST by freepertoo
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To: beebuster2000
>>>Oh come on. You didnt seem to be bothered when it was journalists in the tank for Obama, now, did you?

Wow. I have no idea what you are talking about...and no idea how the LSM and people making fun of a dead girl are alike. Of course, I guess you do not understand that I hold "US" to a higher standard than those who dwell on the other side. I expect crass and tasteless humor from them...but somehow think we should be different. Guess not. Funny thing is...I see DUmpters making fun of dead conservatives (like FR do dead libs)...but I don't see them making fun of dead young ladies whose politics are unknown. And yet...we are somehow better than them? In truth, yes, in beliefs, yes...but somehow not in character or honor.

27 posted on 02/21/2013 8:03:05 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: NELSON111
Thank you. I expected FR to be better than this.

I have been a member a long time; even longer under another name but for some reason, the jokes about this young lady really bothered me.

I am glad there are people like you here and for that reason, I will continue to do so.

There is no way this young woman would jump nude into a water tank on top of a seedy hotel.

She was murdered and should be treated as a murder victim. Not the butt of "tasteless" jokes.

28 posted on 02/21/2013 9:16:39 PM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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