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Elisa Lam Case: Water in LA hotel tank with dead body won't cause illness, police say

FILE - This file photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Elisa Lam of Vancouver, B.C. Los Angeles police say a body has been found on the roof of the Cecil Hotel where Lam, a Canadian tourist, was last seen last month. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File) Uncredited

Elisa Lam
AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES- Authorities say a test of a Los Angeles hotel water tank where a Canadian tourist's body was found this week didn't find any live bacteria that would cause illness.

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The test was conducted Tuesday after 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found wedged into one of four water cisterns atop the downtown Cecil Hotel.

The county Department of Public Health has, however, issued a do-not-drink order, and only water for toilets is flowing for hotel guests.

County health official Angelo Bellomo says chlorine in the water likely killed any bacteria in the tank where Lam's body was found.

Guest complaints about low water pressure prompted a maintenance worker to make the gruesome discovery.

The cause of Lam's death has yet to be determined, but LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez called Lam's death suspicious. Before she died, hotel surveillance footage showed her inside an elevator pushing buttons and sticking her head out the doors, looking in both directions.

Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, traveled alone to Los Angeles on Jan. 26 and was last seen five days later by workers at the 600-room hotel near Skid Row.

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