February 20, 2013 7:50 pm

Timeline: The mysterious disappearance of Elisa Lam

The search for the missing 21-year-old University of British Columbia student Elisa Lam went into motion at the end of January. Lam was en route to Santa Cruz, California by herself and made it a regular habit to phone her parents every day until she disappeared. 

>January 26, 2013: Lam travelled to California

>January 31, 2013: Lam was last spotted by a hotel worker at The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. The Cecil Hotel is close to a neighbourhood known as ‘Skid Row’, where drug use occurs and homelessness is prevalent.

>Start of February, 2013: Lam was supposed to check-out but didn’t show up and it sparked notifying the police.

>February 6, 2013:LA Police Department release details about the suspicious disappearance of a missing Vancouver woman.

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>February 7, 2013:LAPD hold a press conference about Lam’s disappearance.

>February 14, 2013:LAPD release a two-minute surveillance video of Lam who seems to be acting unusal in the hotel’s elevator, pushing several floor buttons, stepping outside the elevator and then leaving. Concern is mounting regarding the student’s disappearance.

>February 19, 2013: After complaints of low water pressure from guests at the Cecil Hotel, a worker checks the hotel’s water tanks and discovers a body. It’s later identified as the missing Elisa Lam.

>February 20, 2013:Officials issue a ‘do-not-drink’ order to the hotel residents after the Lam’s body is found in the water tank. LAPD are investigating and trying to determine if Lam’s death was due to foul play or an accident?




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