Condolences, notes, left for family at Burnaby restaurant

Flowers and condolences are piling up at the doorstep of Paul's Restaurant on Hastings Street in Burnaby, after the owners' daughter was found deceased in a water tank atop of a hotel in Los Angeles last week.

"I think it's the worst nightmare of any parent. I have four daughters myself," said Vincent Ma, owner of X-Site Grill and Bistro, just next door to Paul's Restaurant. "I wish them well, because it's tough."

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Paul's Restaurant has a closed sign on the door, and Ma said he hasn't seen the family in a while. The 21-yearold daughter, Elisa Lam, was reported missing by her parents, after she went on a trip to California in late January. Lam was staying at a hotel in Los Angeles, and a worker investigating complaints of low water pressure found Lam's body in one of the hotel's rooftop water tanks.

Los Angeles police are investigating, but the cause of death is still a mystery. It's not clear if she was killed or the victim of an accident. Coroner's officials are awaiting toxicology tests before making a final determination.

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