The Los Angeles Police Department has released video footage of a Vancouver woman (of Chinese descent) missing for nearly two weeks acting strange in an elevator.
In the video, UBC student Elisa Lam, 21, can be seen pressing all the buttons in an elevator of the Cecil Hotel in downtown L.A. She also steps in and out of the lift and peeks out the doors.
According to the LAPD, Lam arrived in L.A. on Jan. 26. The last sighting of her was on Jan. 31 by staff at the Cecil Hotel, around the same time the elevator footage was taken.
LAPD officer Christopher No said Friday that police still don't know what Lam was doing in the elevator, adding that it's too early to speculate whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
"We can't say what was happening. Maybe she might have just been playing around with someone, it could have been anything. We are keeping an open mind on all aspects," No said.
He said police don't know what time of day the footage was taken, but added that investigators are still interviewing staff at the hotel.
"We're hoping the video will help conjure up more ideas, that members of the community might have seen something."
No said Lam's mother and sister, who attended a news conference last week in L.A. to bring attention to Lam's disappearance, told police that it is highly unusual for her not to call family.
On Friday, Amanda Reid, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, said consular officials at the Canadian Consulate General in Los Angeles are in contact with the local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family staying in L.A.
Lam's reason for travelling to the U.S. is unclear, but police say she was supposed to travel to Santa Cruz, Calif. Investigators believe she was travelling alone and are trying to determine why she was going to the Southern California city.
Police consider her disappearance suspicious. She is described as a 5-foot-4 woman of Chinese descent with black hair and brown eyes. She is fluent in English and Cantonese.
She was last seen wearing a purple or blue T-shirt and black basketball shorts. She was not wearing her glasses.