Police say that a body discovered inside a rooftop water tank at the Cecil Hotel is that of a missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam.
Guests at the hotel in downtown Los Angeles had complained about weak water pressure, and at least one said there was flooding in a fourth-floor room.
Those complaints led a hotel maintenance worker on Tuesday to check on a large tank on the roof, where he found the body of a woman in her 20s at the bottom.
Authorities said late Tuesday that the body was that of Lam, 21, of Vancouver, Canada, who was last seen at the hotel on Jan. 31.
Police have provided few details about how the body might have ended up in the tank.
“We’re not ruling out foul play,” said LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez, noting that the location of the remains “makes it suspicious.”
She was traveling alone, but had been in contact with her parents daily before her disappearance.
It’s believed that her final destination was Santa Cruz, but her reasons for visiting California were unclear.
Lam was last seen inside the elevator of the hotel. Surveillance video shows her pushing buttons for multiple floors.