The mysterious death of 21-year old Vancouver university student Elisa Lam was ruled an accidental drowning by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, but it’s a case that will probably go down in history as one of the eeriest unsolved mysteries on the LAPD’s books. I can’t tell you anything about the details of Miss Lam’s death that hasn’t already been covered, speculated about, and theorized at hundreds of other blogs and websites around the net, but this is a refreshingly morbid piece for the Halloween season.
Above is the actual elevator surveillance footage from LA’s somewhat infamous Cecil Hotel, where Miss Lam was staying at the time of her disappearance, just a short while before she was never seen alive again. Behaving strangely in this viral 4-minute video, she acts as if she’s hiding from and later interacting with, someone who isn’t there or, at least, wasn’t caught on camera. Also strange is the elevator doors staying open so long.
Miss Lam was reported missing on February 5th. Her body was found by hotel maintenance workers on February 19th, in one of the hotel’s rooftop water tanks, which supplies the rooms with potable water. Guest complaints of low water pressure was what prompted the maintenance workers to check the tanks. Odd thing is that the hotel claims rooftop alarms would have sounded if anyone would have opened any doors leading to the roof without deactivating them first, which was something only hotel staff should have known or been able to do.
March 15th, 2014 Addendum (and we knew this was coming):
Mysterious death of Elisa Lam inspires Sony film project (Los Angeles Times)