News broke out yesterday over a corpse of a young woman that was found in a hotel's water tank in Los Angeles. As you can imagine, the news did not settle very well with the hotel's guests who had been showering, brushing their teeth, and drinking water all from this very same tank.
According to reports, police have said that they believe the woman's body was likely to have been decomposing for over two weeks. Officials have identified the young woman as 21-year-old Elisa Lam who was from Canada.
CNN reports, Lam's body was discovered in Cecil Hotel's rooftop water tank by a maintenance worker who was trying to figure out why the water pressure was low Tuesday.
Her parents reported Lam missing in early February. The last time she was seen, according to Los Angeles Police, was on January 31 at the hotel.
Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said that detectives are now opening up an investigation to solve the young woman's mysterious death.
CNN also reports, "It was not clear whether the water presented any health risks. Results on tests on the water done Wednesday by the Los Angeles Public Health Department were expected later in the day."
The hotel management has yet to release a statement.
Several of the hotel's guests have spoken out and expressed how shocked they were about the news.
"The water did have a funny taste," Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days.
"We never thought anything of it," the British woman said. "We thought it was just the way it was here."
She then added, "The shower was awful," she said. "When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal."
What is perhaps more shocking is that even after discovery hit the news, the hotel remained open. However, guests who were checking in on Tuesday were advised not to drink the hotel's water, says Qui Nguyen, who chose to check into a different hotel on Wednesday. He also says that he learned about the corpse discovery from a CNN report, not from the hotel staff.
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Posted by: Hoamy Tran