– Police say they have determined that a body found in a water tank on the roof of a downtown Los Angeles hotel is a Canadian tourist who'd been missing for nearly three weeks.
Police spokeswoman Officer Diana Figueroa said Tuesday night that investigators used body markings to identify 21-year-old Elisa Lam, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia who traveled to California alone and was last seen at the hotel on Jan. 31.
Earlier Tuesday a hotel maintenance worker found the body while looking into complaints of poor water pressure.
Police say they will attempt to determine whether Lam's death was the result of foul play or a bizarre accident.
Lam traveled to California alone on Jan. 27, and was last seen by workers at the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31.
After hotel guests complained about low water pressure, an inspection of the rooftop water tanks revealed the body, Officer Sara Faden said.
Officials were still struggling to remove the body from the water tank late Tuesday afternoon to send it to the coroner's office, Faden said.
"It appears that the location of the water tanks is very small and configured in a very tight way so it's a little more difficult to get the body out," Faden said.
Investigators will then determine whether there was foul play or "a very, very strange accident," Faden said.more