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Missing woman seen acting ‘weird’ in new video 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

The disappearance of Vancouverite Elisa Lam in Los Angeles has taken a mysterious turn — she’s been captured on a surveillance video seemingly hiding, pressing numerous elevator buttons, waving her hands, peeking around corners and wandering aimlessly, prior to her disappearance at a downtown hotel.

Police can’t say if the woman’s disappearance, currently being investigated by homicide detectives, is drug related or what significance the video brings to suggest “foul play” was involved.

“She’s acting weird in the video, maybe, but she might be playing with someone outside the elevator,” said L.A. policeman Christopher No Thursday.

“We’re just trying to find her.”

He added the force has nearly exhausted tips since an initial public plea for information Feb. 6.

It’s also unclear exactly when the video was taken as any time-stamps appear obscured. Police know the footage was shot inside the Cecil Hotel.

Lam arrived at the hotel Jan. 26 on her way north to Santa Cruz, Calif.

Family members are now in L.A. assisting detectives.

The video shows Lam for approximately two minutes and 30 seconds as the elevator door remains open despite her repeatedly pushing the console buttons.

Less than 30 seconds later after Lam goes off screen, the door closes and the empty elevator appears to proceed to lower floors.

Lam, 21, is known to rely on public transport, such as Amtrak and municipal buses. Police said she travelled to the U.S. for leisure purposes.

“Everything’s a factor,” No continued. “We’re not leaving any stone unturned.”

 

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