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Missing Canadian Tourist: Surveillance Video Shows Odd Behavior

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Los Angeles police have released troubling new video of missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam.

lam-picThe January 31 video shows Lam entering an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in downtown L.A., where she was staying.

She then pushes buttons for several floors.

A little later, she appears to be either looking for or hiding from someone, and at one point she exits the elevator and starts making strange hand gestures.

Lam arrived in Los Angeles from British Columbia on Jan. 26.

Family members say she was traveling alone.

The 21-year-old is of Chinese descent, with black hair, brown eyes.

She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing approximately 115 pounds. She speaks fluent English and Cantonese.

If you have seen her, or if you have any information about the case, you’re asked to call the LAPD.

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12 comments

  • Original OG

    Dosen't look like she is hiding, looks like she is talking to someone, or maybe she didn't take her meds.They were talking about her state of mind in the earlier broadcast. It's sad.

  • RandomGuy

    Does anyone else wonder why the elevator doesnt leave when she leaves it even though the buttons have been pressed?? Is that it? she never was recorded again?

  • Christina

    If you first watch the video she was struggling to see the buttons on the elevator then as she is off the elevator it looks like she had lost her sight she couldn't see. I don't know why she couldn't though.

  • Ann

    Looks like someone may have spent some time with her, slipped something in her drink that caused her to start to act strange, then that person may have lead her up to the roof, killed her, then stuffed her body in the water tank. Maybe a long term tenant or a employee worker of the hotel. So sad for this young woman, may she rest in peace, and may the one that took her precious life be brought to justice. Prayers to her family.

  • actionjackson

    Hope they get the Cecil for false/misleading advertisement.

    Did you see the website for Cecil? It looks like a 4-5 star on quality of rooms.
    But when you drive by the Cecil on Main or Los Angeles, the Cecil building
    looks like a homeless shelter.

    Very sad to hear on what happened to the lady.
    Sympathy to family.
    Hope the police nab the suspect.