Elisa Lam was a Canadian student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
She was reported missing until her body was found in a rooftop water tank atop the Cecil Hotel (640 Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles) on February 19, 2013.
Maintenance workers at the hotel discovered the body when investigating guest complaints of problems with the water supply.
Her disappearance had been widely reported; interest had increased five days prior to her body’s discovery when the Los Angeles Police Department released a video of the last time she was known to have been seen, on the day of her disappearance, by an elevator security camera.
In the footage, Lam is seen exiting and re-entering the elevator, talking and gesturing in the hallway outside, and sometimes seeming to hide within the elevator, which itself appears to be malfunctioning.
The video went viral on the Internet, with many viewers reporting that they found the paranormal aspects of it unsettling.
Her body was found naked with most of her clothes and personal effects floating in the water near her.
It took the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office 4 months, after repeated delays, to release the autopsy report, which reports no evidence of physical trauma and states that the manner of death was accidental.
Her death remains a mystery to this day.