The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has conducted an autopsy on the body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam, the Canadian woman whose body was discovered this week inside a water tank atop Downtown's Cecil Hotel.
Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said that prior to any conclusions being drawn, however, more testing was needed.
A toxicology test has been ordered, as well as tests on her organs, brain, blood, and urine are forthcoming, according to City News Service. Those tests typically take four to six weeks to process.
Winter calls the visiting Lam's death "suspicious" due to her age and health.
Many questions linger about how Lam, last seen in the hotel January 31, ended up inside one of four water tanks on the locked hotel roof. "We want to know such things such as was she drunk, was she killed before she ended up in the tank, and how did she get in the tank," Winter said. More at LAist.com
What about her odd behavior?
By Dennis Romero, LA Weekly
The seemingly strange behavior of once-missing tourist Elisa Lam paired with the discovery of her body Tuesday in a hotel water-storage tank begs questions about her actions before the 21-year-old's untimely death.
In an effort to find the Canadian traveler, the LAPD last week revealed security video of the woman in and out of what appears to be a hotel elevator. She pushes nearly all the buttons and walks in and out of the car, peering out in what could be interpreted as a fearful or almost paranoid fashion:
It's possible she was just scared because someone was following her and she couldn't get the car to move (it doesn't).
But we asked longtime club-drug expert Trinka Porrata, formerly of the LAPD, what her assessment was after viewing the video.
She says it's "hard to say" but ventured into thepossibility that someone displaying similar behavior could be showing signs of ecstasy use. Read more at LA Weekly