|Screencapture from a video purporting to show Elisa Lam. (YouTube.com)
VANCOUVER - The body retrieved Tuesday from the water tank of the Los Angeles hotel where Vancouver resident Elisa Lam was last seen Jan. 31 is that of the missing student, police confirmed.
The LAPD said a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered the 21-year-old’s body after inspecting one of the four rooftop storage tanks when the hotel’s water pressure dropped.
“It is her. They’ve confirmed it with the body markings,” Officer Diana Figueroa said Tuesday evening. “It is under investigation, I don’t have anything further.”
Figueroa said it was too early to say how Lam was killed.
Aerial shots from local L.A. newscasts showed firefighters atop one of the tanks with the hatch opened.
Lam arrived in L.A. Jan. 26 on her way to Santa Cruz and police issued a plea for information to locate her Feb. 6.