L.A. police deny foul play report

Firefighters leave Hotel Cecil after removing a body found inside a water tank on the roof

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VANCOUVER -- Speculation over the mysterious fate of Vancouver student Elisa Lam took a bizarre turn Monday as Los Angeles police denied reports they had ruled out foul play in her death.

Vancouver media reports quoted an LAPD detective saying Lam, 21, was not murdered, but the department’s media relations unit refuted the story.

“It’s wrong information,” said LAPD media relations officer Cleon Joseph. “We haven’t put anything out about homicide or not homicide yet. We have no official result from the coroner yet.”

Lam was vacationing in L.A. at the end of January and was last seen alive in the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31.

Her body was eventually found in the hotel’s rooftop water tank three weeks later.

Homicide detectives were assigned to the case and an autopsy last week revealed nothing to investigators about how she died. A toxicology report is expected in four to eight weeks.

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