Body Found in Water Tank at Missing Tourist's Hotel

Feb 19, 2013 Full story: NBC Bay Area 11

Authorities were at a "body recovery" operation on the roof of the Hotel Cecil, where a 21-year-old missing tourist from Vancouver, B.C., was staying.

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Since: Jul 07

Vancouver, Canada

#1 Feb 20, 2013
Condolence to the Lam family. RIP Elisa.

Since: Feb 13

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#2 Feb 22, 2013
Seems someone was stalking her in the video. Psychopathic serial killers usually pick their victims in Highway rest areas or hotels bc it s easier for them to vacate the crime scene.

Canadians where she hailed from, are much softer and polite compared to more aggressive LA hillbillys. Her body language spells weakness to the perpetrator.

I don't believe it she went there to commit suicide. Why would you do that a day after posting happy pics at the zoo. Why would she end up in the roof if she pressed every button of lower floors on the elevator. Why would she go up to the roof and end up in a well? Because someone took her up there. Removed all her clothes, and threw her in water to clear all evidence such as hair strands of the perpetrator, dna, skin, from her.
Killers throw bodies in ditches, rivers, lakes, sea, to lose all evidence from the corpse.

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#3 Feb 22, 2013
Blessed be her soul. Poor girl
Interesting

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#4 Feb 22, 2013
Fushateinjorimi wrote:
Seems someone was stalking her in the video. Psychopathic serial killers usually pick their victims in Highway rest areas or hotels bc it s easier for them to vacate the crime scene.
Canadians where she hailed from, are much softer and polite compared to more aggressive LA hillbillys. Her body language spells weakness to the perpetrator.
I don't believe it she went there to commit suicide. Why would you do that a day after posting happy pics at the zoo. Why would she end up in the roof if she pressed every button of lower floors on the elevator. Why would she go up to the roof and end up in a well? Because someone took her up there. Removed all her clothes, and threw her in water to clear all evidence such as hair strands of the perpetrator, dna, skin, from her.
Killers throw bodies in ditches, rivers, lakes, sea, to lose all evidence from the corpse.
Yur making very good asessmint but I dissgree about small ideals. Seen video fraulein strange hands movements ant oddity of elevator numbors. Belief she in psychosis mind. Sleep walken terror ore chemical hallucination. No obvious of stranger by other lookers. Not shrieks or call of help?
A bad mystery. To family also condolence you. Much regret.
Brent

Toronto, Canada

#5 Feb 23, 2013
What happened is very simple. The elevator wasn't working and the girl became very nervous and disturbed by this. She didn't know what to do. She stepped out of the elevator and was communicating with someone maybe the hotel staff, who probably know a lot more about what really happened than we think. She was forced to take the stairs a very dangerous thing to do in any hotel, especially one like the one she was in. She was obviously killed by someone.

It should be noted that the hotel is very popular with European tourists, especially from Central Europe like Germany Austria and Czech. Many deadly events happened at this hotel for a very long time since the 1930s. There is something wrong with the place. An Austrian tourist once mass-murdered a very large number of women at the hotel. Maybe this should not be a surprise. She was probably killed by one such person she must have encountered in the stairs.

Since: Feb 13

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#6 Feb 23, 2013
Last year I tried to spend a night in a hotel in downtown Toronto, the Waverly hotel, and I didn't even sleep all night. Pricey, at least the cash they got from me, but very run down and dirty. The guys from the room next door were threatening infront of my door till morning, smoking cigarettes and weed there.. they were saying they would open the door, creepy threats, creepy voices. They would walk from their room to my door back and forth. i think there was some type of hole in the thin wall between our rooms bc they seemed to know what I look like and what I was doing. I got dressed immediately and packed everything up. I turned the lights off. Wore my steel toe booties. I was holding a chair behind the door ready to hit if they busted the old door They were middle eastern by their accent, very criminal sounding(unlikely type of talk in Toronto the Good).. I called the Pakistani manager downstairs, he did nothing. I never talked back or replied to them. I spent all night on my feet sleepless. it was so difficult at dawn, i was so tired. At night crimes usually happen from 3.15 to sunrise when the brain is refreshing in its deepest sleep cycle. I couldnt give up. Finally they left the hall. i took me so long to get out from my room to the street. Especially opening the door...cigarette buds on the floor..i was looking behind every corner and turn, i took the stairs. Later on in the morning I was appalled at the managers non chalant indifference at the front desk when complaining, apathy and he even said he knew them. He was hiding something. Seemed like the Pakistani manager didn't like the fact I was a female and questioning him. I asked to look at the camera videorelay of the lobby. He didnt help me at all. Worst hotel of my life.
Maybe cameras should become obligatory for every floor and staircase in hotels.
I think I was my error of judgement. I should have just recorded with my cell their threats and called the police fast. Then I walked to the convenience store/supermarket in front of the hotel to buy breakfast. By now the streets were buzzing with people and activity. The cashier didn't want to give me my change back, he said it was his tip. I recognized his voice as one of the guys behind my door. His gaze was very heavy and disturbing, wondering if he had killed before or something. He was indeed middle eastern, skinny, mid 20s. I just pretended I knew nothing, laughed politely, making it look like he was joking and quickly took my 6 bucks. Waved bye bye (terrorist, go blow an airplane into the CN tower now) and walked out.
So he lived at the hotel and worked right in front of it.

Since: Feb 13

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#8 Feb 23, 2013
Six Ways To Tell If You Are Staying In A Murder Hotel
Here are some ways to determine whether or not you might have booked a room in a murder hotel.
-The hotel is also a residential hotel. Half the time, people who live in hotels are either eccentric millionaires or adorable, adventure-prone children. The rest of the time, they are usually creepy drifters. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which, so corpse-wary travelers should play it safe and avoid hotels that court the long-term trade. The Hotel Chelsea, where Sid Vicious allegedly killed Nancy Spungen in 1978, was also a long-term residential hotel. The Cecil is one, too; a Los Angeles Times article about the Lam case featured quotes from an 89-year-old man who has lived in the Cecil for 32 years.
-Half the online reviews are left by people with names like “The Night Stalker.” A little Googling will reveal whether or not any serial murderers have ever used your chosen hotel as a kill site. Indeed, a quick search for “Cecil Hotel” and “serial killers” would’ve turned up a bunch of pertinent information. In 1985, Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez used the Cecil as a home base during his months-long murder spree in which he killed 14 people.(As far as I know, he did not actually kill any of his victims in the hotel.) An Austrian author and ex-convict named Jack Unterweger stayed at the Cecil in 1991 while in town researching a story on LA’s red-light district. Apparently Unterweger never learned that good journalists shouldn’t make themselves part of the story; he murdered several prostitutes over the course of his stay.
-The hotel seems to court the sex trade. Last year, just like every single year before it,“prostitutes” took the top prize at the Groups of People Most Likely to Be Killed in Hotel Rooms Awards. This is why squeamish travelers should stay away from hotels that rent rooms by the hour, or boast that their staff is “discreet.” A few years back, I used to stay overnight at a hooker hotel in the heart of the East Village. The hotel was really cheap, and thus I was willing to overlook the bulletproof glass at reception, and its pay-in-cash policy, and the giant mirrors next to the beds so that self-absorbed johns could watch themselves in flagrante. Turns out that some people also used the mirrors to tell whether the prostitutes they had just strangled were still breathing. I don’t stay at that hotel anymore.
-The room smells like corpses. At some point in your life—probably while you were driving across Pennsylvania or something—you may have rented a room in a cheap motel, opened the door, sniffed the air, and yelled “Who died in here?” Often, the answer is “the previous occupant.” Stories abound of corpses stashed under hotel

Since: Feb 13

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#9 Feb 23, 2013
beds, often for inexplicable lengths of time; in 2010—and this is the most extreme case I could find—a Memphis woman named Sony Millbrook mouldered under the box springs of a bed at the Budget Lodge for six weeks before being found. If your room smells like death, don’t just send down for some air freshener. Find a better place to stay.
-The website is inept and hostile. Most respectable hotels put a lot of time and effort into their websites, which is why you should be very suspicious of hotel websites that look like they were created with Microsoft FrontPage 97. Take New York’s Hotel Carter, for example, a notoriously dirty Times Square hostelry known for its body count: a woman thrown out of a window, an infant beaten to death, a goth rocker stashed under a bed, a hotel clerk killed by another hotel clerk. Its website is inept, ungrammatical, and at times perplexingly belligerent.“We do not receive package/shipments for guests. We will refuse to receive package to those who order online and use our hotel address,” the home page states, emphatically, in red italics. You know what else is red? Blood. A clear sign that this might be a murder hotel.
-The closet is actually a chute leading down to a secret murder chamber. Not to take anything away from turn-of-the-century serial killer H.H. Holmes—whose terrible true story was told in Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City—but come on, victims. Do a walk-through before you put a deposit down on a room. If you see any unexplained trap doors, leave.

Since: Feb 13

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#10 Feb 23, 2013
I was talking to a friend of mine who has moved from the San Diego to Canada. He s saying that the police there is limited by their funds. Sad. Usually they re not interested to resolve the crime on the first murder. Apparently he says they see no purpose or benefit as the victim s already dead.. They work more after the 2nd or 3rd murder.
Maybe that s why this video of her in the elevator was released, tips from the public to save on the investigation, according to him.
Brent

Toronto, Canada

#11 Feb 24, 2013
The victim's family and Canadian law enforcement should get this sad matter investigated properly. Los Angeles Police aren't trying to find out who the perpetrators of this sad crime are and the media generally seems to be covering things up.

Looking at the original video again, the girl was clearly threatened by someone outside the elevator. She was making confused swimming motions with her hands, while looking at some people in the hallway who must have been the hotel staff. They probably told her to take the stairs because the elevator was clearly not working as she desperately tried to get it to move by pressing several floor buttons. She clearly looked unhappy about not being able to use the elevator and being forced to use the stairs.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Feb 24, 2013
Best argument ever for bottled water.

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