Canadian tourist's body found dead at skid row hotel was ruled accidental by county coroner. 21 year old Elisa Lam was on vacation here in Los Angeles and ended up dead in a water tank on the room of a "hotel" where nobody in their right mind would want to stay.
For some days hotel occupants were complaining about foul tasting water and low water pressure. Some time thereafter hotel staff found a dead body in the water tanks on the roof of the low rent hotel. Police said that in order to get to the water tower someone would have to climb a stairway up from the hotel's top floor, exit through a locked and alarmed doorway and take a ladder that they brought with them onto the room and scale the ladder to get into the water tank.
The Los Angeles County Coronor's office recently ruled the death an accident. It certainly does not sound like any kind of an accident to me. This is not to describe it as a homicide, rather, this was a lot of effort to put forth to die. And what about the locked, alarmed door? And where does one find a ladder laying around a hotel hallway? "Accident" does not strike me as an appropriate description for this tragedy.
News reports seem to play up that Lam suffered from bipolar disorder. I'm sure the owner of the Cecil Hotel is happy to hear about this. It may help excuse some of their liability for allowing this death to occur on their property. My heart goes out to the friends and family of this young woman who lost her life this way.
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