Guests Sue Hotel Over Water Tank Body

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Guests who were staying at the Cecil Hotel when the body of a Canadian tourist was found in a water tank have filed a lawsuit against the hotel.

cecil-hotelThe suit was filed earlier this week in Los Angeles Superior Court by Steven and Gloria Cott.

They were staying at the hotel when the body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found inside a water tank on the roof on Feb. 19.

Lam, who authorities said traveled to California from Vancouver on Jan. 26, was last seen Jan. 31 at the hotel.

A cause of death is still pending. The coroner’s office is waiting for the results of toxicology tests, which will take six to eight weeks.

Extensive testing was done by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on the water and the hotel, and officials say it did not contain harmful bacteria.

They said the chance of disease-causing bacteria surviving was “very unlikely” because of the chlorine in the water.

3 comments

  • wgary34

    How was the hotel at fault for this woman being murdered and placed in the water tanks? This lawsuit should be thrown out!!

    • notsomyfriend

      The suit is most likely due to the hotel not promptly responding to guests' concerns regarding water initially coming out of the tap black for several seconds, low water pressure, foul odor, and tasting bad (and any resulting emotional anguish) This went on for over a week. The parents on the other hand will bring suit for their daughter's death as stated above. In both cases, the hotel will most likely settle out of court to avoid any additional bad PR (if that is even fathomable).

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