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    Woman's Water Tank Death Ruled Accidental

    Ooof, that's nasty.


    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/20/us/cal...html?hpt=hp_t3

    (CNN) -- A 21-year-old woman whose body was found in a water tank of a Los Angeles hotel in February was the victim of an accidental drowning, medical examiners reported Thursday.

    The decomposing body of Elisa Lam floated inside a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel while guests brushed their teeth, bathed and drank water from it for as long as 19 days. A maintenance worker, checking on complaints about the hotel's water, found the Canadian tourist inside one of four water cisterns.

    Tests conducted by the city Health Department found no harmful bacteria in the tank or the pipes, which had to be drained, flushed and sanitized after the discovery.

    Los Angeles robbery-homicide detectives had treated the case as a suspicious death, since falling into a covered water tank behind a locked door on top of a roof would be an unusual accident, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said in February.

    Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel on January 26, on her way to Santa Cruz, California, according to police in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Five days later, she was seen on a security camera video 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.

    Clad in a red hoodie, Lam at one point walks out of the elevator before returning to it, pushing the buttons again. She then stands outside the open elevator doorway, motioning with her hands, before apparently walking away. It was the last day Lam was seen.

    Lam's parents reported the University of British Columbia student missing in early February. Her daily calls home stopped on January 31, police told reporters on February 6 at a Los Angeles news conference.

    Strange things began happening with the hotel's water supply later in the month, according to Sabina and Michael Baugh, a British couple who spent eight days there. The water pressure dropped to a trickle at times.

    "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."

    But for a week, they never complained. "We never thought anything of it," she said. "We thought it was just the way it was here."

    Two former guests, Steven and Gloria Cott, filed a class-action lawsuit against the hotel in late February.

    The lawsuit claims the hotel effectively failed to meet its obligation to provide proper water.

    "Instead, the defendants provided water that had been contaminated by human remains and was not fit for human ingestion or to use to wash," the lawsuit states, claiming the Cotts believe that water was "tainted."

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    "Instead, the defendants provided water that had been contaminated by human remains and was not fit for human ingestion or to use to wash," the lawsuit states, claiming the Cotts believe that water was "tainted."

    too soon for taint jokes in this one? someone let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    "Instead, the defendants provided water that had been contaminated by human remains and was not fit for human ingestion or to use to wash," the lawsuit states, claiming the Cotts believe that water was "tainted."

    too soon for taint jokes in this one? someone let me know.
    Okay...alright....<ahem> "Saudi princes pay BIG MONEY to drink the "tainted" water of a 21 year old"


    Hmmmm...

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    Still not sure how they found this to be an accident if she got to the roof and into a covered water tank that was behind a locked door.





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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    Still not sure how they found this to be an accident if she got to the roof and into a covered water tank that was behind a locked door.
    I know. She accidentally unlocked a door and threw herself into a tank. Maybe I could buy a suicide but even that is far-fetched.

    If anything her actions suggest she was signaling another person. Or she was high as a kite.

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    The Egyptian chicken strikes again

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    I know. She accidentally unlocked a door and threw herself into a tank. Maybe I could buy a suicide but even that is far-fetched.

    If anything her actions suggest she was signaling another person. Or she was high as a kite.
    There is some information that she had a bipolar disorder. I don't know a ton about bipolar disorder but if it causes things like paranoia or hallucinations then maybe this in-and-out of the elevator stuff was her trying to get away from someone who wasn't really there and she ended up trying to escape with a tragic ending on the roof.

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    The water in your water bottle used to be someone else's urine.

    #thewatercycle

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    "Guests were unsure why they again felt thirsty within a half hour of drinking the water".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    There is some information that she had a bipolar disorder. I don't know a ton about bipolar disorder but if it causes things like paranoia or hallucinations then maybe this in-and-out of the elevator stuff was her trying to get away from someone who wasn't really there and she ended up trying to escape with a tragic ending on the roof.
    That would certainly explain the behavior. But how does she get in those tanks. Very strange.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriotReign View Post
    "Guests were unsure why they again felt thirsty within a half hour of drinking the water".

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    "Instead, the defendants provided water that had been contaminated by human remains and was not fit for human ingestion or to use to wash," the lawsuit states, claiming the Cotts believe that water was "tainted."

    too soon for taint jokes in this one? someone let me know.
    Taint soon enough.

    Tain't that the truth.



    Yeah, it's Ok.

    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoastOffensive View Post
    Okay...alright....<ahem> "Saudi princes pay BIG MONEY to drink the "tainted" water of a 21 year old"


    Hmmmm...
    Borgo, is that you?

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    GAH!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriotReign View Post
    "Guests were unsure why they again felt thirsty within a half hour of drinking the water".
    Hi levels of MSG?

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    Hi levels of MSG?
    That and the dead cat bounce

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    some of the posts in this thread are in really poor taste....








































    as was the water

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriotReign View Post
    "Guests were unsure why they again felt thirsty within a half hour of drinking the water".
    outstanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big L View Post
    Taint soon enough.

    Tain't that the truth.



    Yeah, it's Ok.



    Borgo, is that you?
    No...I guess that crazy gindaloon rubbed off on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    The water in your water bottle used to be someone else's urine.

    #thewatercycle
    I think you're paraphrasing

    Used to CARRY someone's wizz/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    trying to get away from someone who wasn't really there and she ended up trying to escape with a tragic ending on the roof.
    Be funny if she jumped into the tank to escape the dude that wasnt really there and when she floated to the bottom, the dude that wasnt really there swims in front of her wearing scuba gear doing this







    Quote Originally Posted by PatriotReign View Post
    "Guests were unsure why they again felt thirsty within a half hour of drinking the water".
    ha ha



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