Elisa Lam, 21, whose body was found in a water tank of a Los Angeles hotel in February as now been ruled an accidental drowning according to medical examines.
While an initial autopsy on Lam has been inconclusive, on Thursday, Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office issued a statement claiming that:
“The cause of death was listed as accidental due to drowning, with bipolar disorder listed as a significant condition,” according to USA Today.
Shortly after Lam’s body was found, a video of her last moments surfaced. According to CNN, she can be seen “walking into the elevator, pushing the buttons for four floors and then peering out of the opened elevator door as if she is hiding or looking for someone.”
Lam’s parents had first reported her missing in early February after her daily phone calls home had stopped.
Later on in the month, weird things started happening concerning the hotel’s water supply according to guests.
Sabina and Michael Baugh, a British couple who had stayed at the hotel for just over a week told CNN:
“The shower was awful,” Sabina Baugh said. “When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.”
The tap water “tasted horrible,” Baugh said. “It had a very funny, sweety, disgusting taste. It’s a very strange taste. I can barely describe it.”
The body had been discovered by a hotel worker after checking out similar complaints by other guests of the hotel.
Lam’s body was found in one of four 8-foot tall, 4-foot diameter tanks with unlocked openings at the top according to USA Today.
Once the body had been found, the city public healt officals issued a do-not-drink order for the hotel’s water supply until the hotel drained, flushed and sanitized all the water lines in the 15-story building.
According to USA Today, police and the coroner have not stated how they believe Lam got into the tank, and are stating that the death “could be accidental,” despite the public’s widespread suspicions of foul play.
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