Hotel water "clear of contamination" after Plymouth couple's dead body horror
A COUPLE who drank water from a tank containing a dead body have expressed relief after tests showed the supply was not contaminated.
Yesterday The Herald reported how Plymouth couple Michael and Sabina Baugh had been drinking and washing in water at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles where the body of a woman was found in a water tank.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health told Southern California Radio initial tests for coliform, a form of bacteria present in the faeces of warm-blooded animals and humans, came back clear.
Mr Baugh told The Herald: "We are very much relieved to hear that. Of course the water was not clean, but at least there will be no physical consequences from using the hotel's water.
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"The kindness shown to us here has been heart-warming. One guy who read the story has even offered us a room at a lovely hotel in Las Vegas. "We are very much looking forward to drinking lovely clean water in Plymouth again."
Angelo Bellomo, Los Angeles director of environmental health, said the water supply has been cleaned but further tests are needed to determine whether it contained any other harmful elements.
A post-mortem was carried out on the body, which was identified as 21-year-old Elisa Lam, but the cause of her death will not be known until the toxicology results come back.