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LAPD: Body found in water tank on roof of downtown Los Angeles hotel is missing Canadian tourist

The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles, where Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was last seen. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, workers discovered a body in one of four rooftop water tanks.
The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles, where Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was last seen. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, workers discovered a body in one of four rooftop water tanks.
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The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles, where Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was last seen. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, workers discovered a body in one of four rooftop water tanks.
Police and fire officials investigated the roof of the Cecil Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.
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Police say a body found in a water tank on the roof of a downtown Los  Angeles hotel is a Canadian tourist who'd been missing for nearly three weeks.

LAPD Officer Diana Figueroa said Tuesday night that investigators used body markings to identify 21-year-old Elisa Lam.

The resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, traveled to California alone and was last seen at the hotel on Jan. 31.

On Tuesday, a hotel maintenance worker found the body while looking into complaints of poor water pressure. 

Capt. Jaime Moore of the L.A. Fire Department said his department received a call from Cecil's management at 10:11 a.m. saying that a member of their maintenance staff had discovered the body. 

Police say they will attempt to determine whether Lam's death was the result of foul play or a bizarre accident.

The Department of Health has done a water sample, and found no biohazard , officials said.

The Cecil Hotel, one of the area's residential hotels, serves both long-term and short-term guests.