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Feb 20, 2013 1:04 PM by The Associated Press

Canadian tourist's body found in hotel water tank

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police are trying to determine if the death of a Canadian woman whose body was found wedged into a water tank atop a Los Angeles hotel was the result of foul play or an accident.

The body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam was discovered Tuesday by a maintenance worker at the 600-room, downtown Cecil Hotel after guests complained of low water pressure.

Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, traveled to California alone on Jan. 26 and was last seen five days later by workers at the hotel near Skid Row that offers rooms for $65 a night.

Police initially called her disappearance suspicious. Investigators are now considering the possibility of foul play because of where the body was found.

An autopsy could be performed as early as Thursday to determine the cause of death.

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