Elisa Lam died from…an accident


This certainly doesn’t solve anything. Nothing at all.

Elisa Lam died and the coroner can only tell us it was “accidental.”

I feel like a blew a big blank wad. Cheated.

Well I guess the lack of discernible cause of death only adds to the allure and mystery of yet another dark, sinister Los Angeles noir death.

The death of a 21-year-old Canadian tourist who was missing for weeks before being found in a water tank atop a downtown Los Angeles hotel where she had been staying has been deemed an accidental drowning.

Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia, had been missing since Jan. 31, when she stopped making daily contact with her parents, according to Los Angeles police.

Her whereabouts remained a mystery until about 10:15 a.m. Feb. 19, when a maintenance worker went to the roof after guests complained of low water pressure and found the body in a tank.

Lam, who arrived in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, had been traveling alone and was staying at the 1920s-era Cecil Hotel at 640 Main St., police said.

Surveillance video from a hotel elevator showed her pressing all of the elevator’s buttons and stepping in and out of the car.

She had planned to travel to Santa Cruz, police said.

Firefighters used cutting tools to gain access to the body and remove it. Public health officials reassured hotel guests that the water in the building was not going to make them sick.

Hotel employees said roof access doors were locked and had alarms, but the four water tanks were not locked, police said.

The roof was searched after Lam was reported missing, but it was unclear whether the tanks were checked, police said.