The LAPD got involved yesterday following a call from the Canadian Mounted Police.
The missing woman is a Canadian citizen, and LAPD says Robbery Homicide is investigating because anytime there’s a case involving a foreign national, it’s assigned to them.
Her worried parents flew in from Vancouver, British Columbia.
They stood behind LAPD detectives who described Elisa Lam’s disappearance as suspicious and may suggest foul play.
Police say she was in regular contact with her parents up until five days ago.
The college student was traveling alone.
On January 28th after a visit to San Diego, Lam checked into an upscale youth hostel — part of the Cecil Hotel on Main street in downtown LA.
According to the hotel manager the woman was booked for four nights. Lam was last seen in the lobby in the late hours of the 31st.
And according to hotel employees, nothing seemed suspicious.
However, Lam — who was supposed to check out the next morning — never did.
When detectives were asked about her cell phone and other belongings, they said:
“I don’t want to talk about the cell phone right now very much. We have some of her property.”
Detectives say the woman traveling California by bus and train. Santa Cruz was going to be the next stop on her trip.
Police hope that releasing her picture will generate leads as to where this young woman might be.
Police are reviewing hotel surveillance and possible credit card activity. They don’t believe she came to here to see anyone specific.
If you know anything about his missing person case, you can contact 1-800-222-TIPS.
— Sara Welch, KTLA News