Water-tank death ruled drowning


A Canadian tourist whose body was found in a water tank on top of a Los Angeles hotel died from accidental drowning, a coroner’s official said Thursday. Her body was found in the tank on top of the Cecil Hotel in February, three weeks after she went missing.

Elisa Lam, 21, suffered from bipolar disorder, which was a “significant” factor in her death, said investigator Fred Corral.

Asked how Lam got into one of the water tanks, cylindrical structures over 3 meters tall with covered tops, he said, “It appears she climbed in.”