Investigators are saying that they found Lam’s corpse in the Cecil Hotel’s rooftop water tank by a maintenance worker who was trying to figure out why the water pressure was low on Tuesday.
But it was too late. Lam’s body was likely decomposing for more than two weeks and during that time, tourists staying at the Los Angeles hotel bathed, brushed teeth and drank water from the tank.
It was not clear whether the water presented any health risks to those who consumed it. Results on tests on the water done Wednesday by the Los Angeles Public Health Department were expected later in the day.
“The water did have a funny taste,” Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days.
“We never thought anything of it,” the British woman said. “We thought it was just the way it was here.”
What she described was not normal.
“The shower was awful,” she said. “When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.”
The hotel is still open after the discovery, but guests checking in Tuesday were told not to drink the water.