posted on May, 17 2013 @ 06:23 AM
Seems pretty certain that, in the state in which she was seen in the elavator, there is no way Elisa Lam could have accessed the top of those tanks
herself. Also, if the discoverers of her corpse had to cut the tank open to retrieve her body, that suggests that the access/inspection hatch, located
at the top of the tank, must have been sealed, perhaps welded shut. These inspection panels are supposed to be able to be opened or removed, so that
inspections can be made of the quality of the water, and to ensure nothing has gotten inside the tank that shouldnt be.
So right away this ought to raise some suspicions about how it came to be so firmly closed that they had to cut the thing open. I have delved into a
few other sites discussing this topic, and one of them appears to have a report from a person who would have been staying at the Cecil, during the
time when Miss Lam's body was within the tank, previous to her discovery. A guest of the hostel part of the hotel, reported that they and thier
brother had desired to see if there was a decent shot of the city from the rooftop area (which, it turned out, there was not). Access to the roof was
suprisingly simple to gain, from an open window, to the fire escape, and up that ladder to the roof. Apparantly they gained a vantage point which
would have put them, unwittingly, a few scant feet from Elisa's water bloated carcass.
Of course, this is unsubstantiated, and came from another site which discusses similar topics to this one, so I am loathed to link to it. But it
seems plausible enough to me. However, those tanks are many feet tall, and accessing them would have been a bigger undertaking. Not something to be
attempted without the assistance of a ladder, or a sturdy person on whose shoulders to stand. Certainly not something to be attempted solo by a wee
slip of a girl like her.