The case of Elisa Lam shocked the entire states of America as well as Canada and later the whole world. This is one of the most talked-about mysterious deaths anyone has ever seen. It involves paranormal collusion, psychological involvement and a tint of serial psychopaths. Elisa was born in the year 1991, on the 30th of April in British Columbia, Canada.
She was a student at the University of British Columbia. She lived with her parents, David, and Yinna Lam, who are of Chinese descent. Her Chinese name was Lam Ho Yi. She belonged to Hong Kong originally, as her parents migrated to Canada from China and opened a restaurant in Burnaby, Canada.
Elisa, just like another teenager was a lively and friendly girl, as described by her peers. She was her parent’s sweetheart. Elisa was young and beautiful, she was perhaps a smart girl as she was pursuing her education from the University of British Columbia. Her family members and friends did not report any strange or odd conduct from her side. She seemed like a normal next door girl until her horrifying death came along. Her parents were taken aback by the disappearance and were left staggered after finding out that their daughter’s decayed, naked body was found in a water tank.
Later on, it was found out that she had troubles, both at her college and in her social life. She was depressed, had relationship problems and was also suffering from psychological illnesses, not one but multiple and it was strange that Elisa wasn’t registered at her university until 2013.
She often went by a quote written by Chuck Palahniuk, ‘You’re always haunted by the idea you’re wasting your life’. It wasn’t surprising that she had a blog named “Nouvelle Nouveau”, she later switched to Tumblr.
What really happened?
Elisa planned a tour to the states. She was really excited about her trip and named it the ‘West Coast Tour’. Little did she know that it would be the last trip of her life. She left in the last week of January 2013. It was a solo trip, she wanted to take a break and have some rest. Before checking into Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, now renamed to Stay On Main Hotel, she went to the San Diego Zoo as she posted of her trip on social media. She came to LA on the 26th of Jan and arrived at Cecil for her stay two days later, i.e. in between 28th to 29th Jan. She traveled using the Amtrak – the national railroad passenger corporation that provided a route for Canada and the states, and the intercity bus system.
In Cecil, she first lived in their dormitory on her arrival, until her roommates complained about her strange behavior, due to which she was moved to a private room. Her shared room was on the fifth floor of the hotel, she checked into her private room after two days.
Elisa made it a ritual, to call her parents every night and spoke to them about how her trip was progressing, her day to day activities, etc. On Jan 31st, the day of her disappearance, she was supposed to check out of the hotel according to her tour plan but apparently she never checked out. She did not call her parents that day which perturbed them. They contacted the local authorities and it was found out, that some of her things were out of place and missing, but her main belongings were there in the room. Many people who saw her that day didn’t find anything apprehensive or cynical. She was declared missing and the police arrived.
Disappearance to discovery
Elisa was officially declared missing. Police checked the hotel, tried tracing her tracks but there was no sign of her. She was supposed to leave for Santa Cruz. Her parents reached LA to help with the investigation and look for her. Even police dogs were involved but nothing seemed to work. No suspicious sign was found, no trails left behind, no suspects were identified. The case had already become strange. Her parents were outraged and heartbroken. The police hadn’t led anywhere.
After numerous complaints from the guests of Cecil, the water tankers were checked. They complained that the water tasted weird. It appeared black for a few seconds and it would take some time for the water to appear normal. On February 19th, 2013, the maintenance team checked the tankers and what they found was something terrifying to the guts. It was Elisa Lam’s decayed body. Her body was naked and found with the belongings that were missing from her room. Till date, this case always pops up in the list of mysterious killings. It was stated that she died due to drowning but this was unacceptable by her parents. They not only pressed charges against the hotel but also refused to believe that their daughter could’ve attempted suicide. The chances of suicide were bleak due to many reasons. Nobody knows how she could’ve entered the tank.
Katie Orphan, owner of a bookshop, close to the hotel, stated that Elisa looked like a happy and friendly girl who was a little chatty as she would always talk to her about the books that she would take for her family members and for her traveling.