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LOS ANGELES — Guests of a downtown hotel where missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was found dead in a rooftop water tank expressed horror at the discovery.


(Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Lam’s body was discovered by a worker at the Cecil Hotel checking out complaints of weak water pressure, police said.

“I’m really disgusted,” said Annette Suzuki, a San Francisco resident staying at the hotel. “Wouldn’t you be if there was a dead body in the water tank you’re drinking from?”

As authorities were searching for clues at the scene of the discovery Monday evening, Pippa Beaumont, 26, of South Africa was rushing out of the hotel with her luggage in tow.

She had planned to stay at the hotel but decided not to when she learned a body had been found in one of the hotel’s water tanks.

“I was supposed to check in but not anymore. I’m a bit freaked out; I’m traveling alone,” she said.

Sources close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing said Lam’s death might have been accidental. Detectives were looking for any signs of trauma on her body or other clues at the hotel. An autopsy was planned Thursday.

Lam, 21, had traveled to California from Vancouver on Jan. 26, was last seen Jan. 31 at the hotel, authorities said.


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