Mystery around student's death in L.A. deepens

Firefighters work to remove a body found inside a water tank on the rooftop of Hotel Cecil in Los...

Firefighters work to remove a body found inside a water tank on the rooftop of Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, California February 19, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)

JEREMY NUTTALL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:26 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The mystery surrounding the death of missing Vancouver student Elisa Lam deepened Wednesday as QMI Agency learned that a door leading to the rooftop water tanks where her body was found was fitted with an alarm that should have sounded when the door was opened.

The alarm system would have rung continuously until it was turned off using a special key, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It is unclear if the alarm rang the night Lam went missing and who had access to the key.

The 21-year-old student’s body was found Tuesday morning, removed from one of four large water storage tanks atop the Cecil Hotel in downtown L.A. and identified through body marks.


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