Spooky Stories: The Mystery Behind Elisa Lam


The unsolved mystery behind the disturbing death of Elisa Lam still has people wondering and questioning. In 2013, Elisa Lam was found dead in a water tank at the notorious Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. To this day, nobody knows how she died or how she got inside of the water tank. 

Elisa Lam was a 21-year-old Canadian college student and was last seen in the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles on January 31, 2013. The hotel has chilling surveillance footage that captured the bizarre final moments before her disappearance. Ever since her body was discovered in the hotel’s water tank on Febuary 19, her tragic demise has remained shrouded in mystery.

According to allthatsintresting.com, the coroner’s office ruled her death as an “accidental drowning,”, —which doesn’t add up. Speculation about what may have happened still races in people’s minds. 

On January 26, 2013, Lam arrived in LA. She was on a solo trip around the West Coast as a getaway from her studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Lam’s parents were worried about her traveling alone, but Lam made sure to check in with her parents daily to let them know she was safe. 

Her parents found it very unusual and alarming when they didn’t hear from their daughter on January 31, 2013. They then contacted the Los Angeles Police Department and when the police arrived and searched the premises of the hotel they couldn’t find her. 

That is when they released surveillance footage taken from the camera at the Cecil Hotel on their website. This is where things took a turn into the truly bizarre. 

The footage showed Elisa Lam in one of its elevators on the date of her disappearance acting rather strangely. Even with the footage being pixelate, she can be seen stepping into the elevator and pushing all the floor buttons. She even steps in and out, poking her head out sideways toward the hotel’s hall always in between. She peers out of the elevator another few times before stepping out of the elevator entirely. The last minutes of the video show Lam standing by the left side of the door, moving her hands in random gestures. Nobody else was captured on the video.

The four-minute video of the elevator footage has amassed tens of millions of views.

Source biography.com, states that Lam is the subject of a 2021 documentary, “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”. 

Two weeks after the video was published by authorities, maintenance worker Santiago Lopez found Lam’s dead body floating in one of the hotel water tanks. Lopez made the discovery after responding to complaints from hotel patrons about low water pressure and a weird taste coming from the tap water.

Nobody knows how Lam’s corpse — floating lifelessly next to the same clothes she wore in the surveillance video — ended up in the hotel’s water tank or who else might have been involved.

thewrap.com says there were no evidence, and her death was accidental. However, the toxicology report from her autopsy confirmed that she had consumed a number of medical drugs but there were no indications of alcohol or illegal substances in her body. 

Hopefully answers arise regarding on how Elisa Lam died and was found in the water tank.