Elisa Lam Wrote This Poignant Tumblr Post Before Vanishing
Elisa was a 21-year-old University of British Columbia student who arrived in Los Angeles on 26th January. After two days in the city, she checked into the Cecil Hotel close to the Skid Row area.
In a post published on 29th January 2013, Elisa said: "I have arrived in Laland... and there is a monstrosity of a building next to the place I'm staying.
"When I say monstrosity mind you I'm saying as in gaudy, but then again it was built in 1928 hence the art deco theme so yes it IS classy but then since it's LA it went on crack.
"Fairly certain this is where Baz Lurhmann needs to film Great Gatsby."
The Cecil Hotel - which has since been renamed Stay on Main - was built in 1924 and it opened in 1927. It's not clear what building in the hotel's vicinity Elisa is referring too.
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The last time Elisa was seen alive was captured on CCTV. The footage showed Elisa in an elevator in the hotel on 1st February. The video went viral and drew worldwide interest due to Elisa's unusual behaviour and internet sleuths have extensively analysed and discussed the video to try and solve the mystery surrounding Elisa's tragic death.
She was meant to check out of the hotel on 1st February, however, her parents did not hear from her on that day. Up to that point, Elisa had remained in contact with her parents every day while travelling.
After hotel guests complained about low water pressure, Elisa's body was found on 19th February 2013 in one of the hotel's four water tanks. The Los Angeles coroner's office issued a finding of accidental drowning, with bipolar disorder as a significant factor.
Netflix released a docu-series about Elisa and the Cecil Hotel called Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel this month which you can stream now.
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