Body in hotel tank: Cause may take weeks
Firefighters work to remove a body found inside a water tank on the rooftop of Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
February 21st, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Body in hotel tank: Cause may take weeks

An autopsy on a woman whose body was found in a hotel water tank in Los Angeles is complete, but the cause of death is deferred pending further examination, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said Thursday.

That may take six to eight weeks, according to Ed Winter, the assistant chief of the coroner's office.

The decomposing body of Elisa Lam, 21, of Canada, was found floating inside a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel on Tuesday. The body was in the tank for as long as 19 days while guests brushed their teeth, bathed and drank with water from it, officials say.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. dazzle ©

    Its been awhile since I saw that.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I don't know I would brush my teeth, let alone drink from that tank, even if there wasn't a body decomposing in it.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. s kel

    This was a sad end to this women.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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