Disappearance of Female Tourist ‘May Suggest Foul Play’ – Sara Welch Reports

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Robbery Homicide Detectives asked for the public’s help Wednesday in their search for a 21-year-old Canadian tourist who vanished from a downtown hotel under what they believe to be suspicious circumstances.

Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia arrived in Los Angeles nearly two weeks ago on January 26 and hasn’t been seen since January 31.

She was last seen at The Cecil Hotel on 640 S. Main Street.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Lam’s reason for traveling in the state was unclear, but her final destination was apparently in Santa Cruz, California.

Lam, who was traveling alone, had been in contact with her parents daily until her disappearance.

The LAPD said in a news release that details in the case “may suggest foul play.”

Lam is described as an Asian woman of Chinese descent.

She has black hair, brown eyes and stands 5 feet 4 inches tall.  She weighs about 115 pounds.

Lam is fluent in English and also speaks Cantonese.

The FBI and LAPD are asking anyone with information in the case to contact them.

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