The tragic death of Elisa Lam is set to be retold in an upcoming Netflix documentary series.
Crime scene: The Disappearance at the Cecil Hotel will air in February.
Everything you need to know is here.
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Who was Elisa Lam?
Elisa was a young Canadian student.
Her parents called her Lam Ho Yi by her Cantonese name.
Elisa was born in April 1991 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
She was the daughter of emigrants from Hong Kong and studied at the University of British Columbia.
She first arrived in LA on January 26, 2013 while traveling.
Then she checked into the shabby Cecil Hotel.
However, she did not check out on January 31, 2013 as planned.
Her parents called the Los Angeles Police Department and they were investigating missing persons.
Finally, on the morning of February 19th, a maintenance worker found her naked body.
It was floating in one of four 1000-gallon water tanks on the roof.
How old was she when she died?
Elisha was only 21 when she died.
If she were still alive today, she would be nearing her 30th birthday.
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How did she die?
On February 21, 2013, the LA coroner’s office made a determination of accidental drowning.
Her bipolar disorder was a significant factor, according to the report.
Most notably, there was no evidence of physical trauma, sexual assault, or suicide.
Was Elisha murdered?
The police say she was not killed.
However, because of her mysterious death, there are still many conspiracy theories around.
Some believe she was persecuted while others suspect that she used hallucinogenic drugs.
Video of Elisa Lam in the elevator
Elisa acts strangely in CCTV footage filmed on February 1, 2013 (see below).
She enters an elevator in the hotel, wears a red hoodie and presses many buttons.
Nobody follows Elisa into the elevator.
Finally she gets out again and leaves the elevator.
The video is unsettling to watch because of their strange behavior.
Did Elisa take her own life?
Elisa was given medication for bipolar disorder and depression.
According to her family, she has not had a history of suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Elisa discussed her battle with mental illness on a blog called Ether Fields.
In a January 2012 blog post, she described a recent relapse early in the school year.
The lawyer for the Cecil Hotel later described her behavior as “strange”.
While some believe she had a psychotic episode.
Crime Scene: The Disappearance at the Cecil Hotel on Netflix
The new Netflix documentary series Elisa Lam will investigate infamous locations at the crime scene.
The first series focuses on the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Stranger still, Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, also stayed at the infamous hotel.
What other crimes took place at the Cecil Hotel?
In 1964, Goldie Osgood was raped and murdered in her room.
The police did not solve the crime.
Serial killer Jack Unterweger and Richard Ramirez I was also in the hotel.
Crime Scene: The Disappearance at the Cecil Hotel will air on Netflix starting Wednesday, February 10th at 8 a.m.
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