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Hotel Cecil Finds Dead Body in Water Tank, Guests are Mortified

Update Date: Feb 21, 2013 02:46 PM EST
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The gruesome and tragic discovery of Canadian Elisa Lam's dead body in the water tank of Los Angeles' Hotel Cecil has left people and guests of the hotel mortified. Lam's body was found on Tuesday, February 19th and is believed to have been soaking in one of the hotel's four water sources since the end of January. This water source directly connects to the same water source that the guests use for drinking and bathing.  The police have opened up an investigation as to what might have caused Lam's death, but there are also huge concerns over the level of contamination the water might have. The guests of the hotel have been using and drinking the water for over a week, and they are very afraid of what they could have ingested during this period.

In the meantime, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a no drinking order for the entire hotel until further information is found regarding the safety of the water. After the discovery, several guests have expressed that the water did taste irregular. According to a CNN report, some of the guests have expressed their horror when realizing what was causing the water problems at the hotel.

"The water did have a funny taste," said Sabrina Baugh, a British tourist. "We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here. The shower was awful. When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black for the first two seconds and then it was going back to normal." The water source also reached the hotel's coffee shop and restaurant.

The director of the LA Department of Health, Terrance Powell believes that there is minimal contamination since the water source was significantly larger than the body. In the meantime, the mystery behind Lam's death lingers. Hotel Cecil is apparently no stranger to mystery however. Hotel Cecil has a history of murders during the '20s and '30s when serial killers utilized the cheap rooms as kill spaces. Furthermore, Austrian murderer, Jack Unterweger has also been recorded to have stayed at Hotel Cecil in the '80s. Regardless, this historic hotel has a lot of cleaning up to do before people venture their way back into these rooms. 

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