LA hotel water tank death accidental

Last updated 10:13 21/06/2013
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GRIM WORK: Firefighters work to remove a body found inside a water tank on the rooftop of Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles.

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US authorities say a Canadian woman whose body was discovered in a downtown Los Angeles hotel's rooftop water tank accidentally drowned.

Coroner's Leutienat Fred Corral said 21-year-old Elisa Lam's cause of death was ruled an accident. Corral said the body had no sign of trauma indicating foul play. Lam also had bipolar disorder.

Lam traveled alone to LA from Vancouver on January 26 and was last seen five days later by workers at the historic Cecil Hotel near Skid Row.

Before she died, hotel surveillance footage showed Lam inside an elevator pushing buttons and sticking her head out the doors, looking in both directions.

Lam's body was found on February 19 in the water tank after hotel guests complained of low water pressure.

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