Autopsy not able to determine Elisa Lam’s death cause

2013-02-22 05:35:36 GMT2013-02-22 13:35:36(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

An autopsy has not yet been able to determine the cause of death for Elisa Lam, a Vancouver woman whose body was found in a hotel rooftop water tank in Los Angeles.

Local authorities said Thursday it could be two more months before additional tests shed light on how she died.

Lam, 21, was last seen in the lobby of the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31. A staff member, who was investigating guest complaints of low water pressure, discovered her body in a water tank on Tuesday morning.

A Los Angeles coroner revealed that toxicology tests are being conducted but results could take six to eight weeks.

Until then, the circumstances of Lam’s untimely passing remain a mystery. Lam is a Canadian of Chinese origin.

Investigators said they cannot yet determine whether she was met with foul play or the victim of a bizarre circumstance.

Sources close to the case told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that her death may have been accidental.

Meanwhile, guests who showered and brushed their teeth at the Cecil Hotel are being told they don’t need to worry about falling ill.

Tests have revealed no sign of harmful bacteria in the tank atop the hotel. Officials believe chlorine may have prevented anything dangerous from reaching guests.

The county Department of Public Health has still issued a do-not-drink order at the hotel, and guests currently only have running water in their toilets.

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