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Old 02-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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Missing Vancouver woman sought in Los Angeles

Police in Los Angeles are searching for a missing Vancouver woman who disappeared six days ago while travelling alone around southern California.

Elisa Lam, 21, was last seen by the staff at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 31, police said Wednesday at a news conference that was attended by her family.

“There's been no communication at all. That's worried us and worried the family, so we're proceeding with the investigation,” said L.A. police Lt. Walter Teague.

Investigators said Lam normally was in contact with her family every day, but last made contact on Jan. 31.

Her disappearance is suspicious and may involve foul play, they say.

Police were asked whether Lam knew she was staying in a potentially dangerous part of the city.

“I don't believe that she had any idea that might be a location to be worried about,” Teague said.

Lam is a University of British Columbia student and was hoping to graduate in 2016.

Her sister, Sarah Lam, a makeup artist in Vancouver, tweeted a plea for help in hopes that someone will come forward with information.

Police said they've collected some of Lam's belongings and investigators will be looking closely at security video from the hotel.

The LAPD say they are working with the RCMP and Interpol on the investigation.

Missing Vancouver woman sought in Los Angeles - British Columbia - CBC News
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Gangs often operate in skid row areas... one of the scariest things Ive heard is the growing rate of human trafficking in the states as talked about in this video.
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yea hope they find her, that part of the area isn't that safe to be around if you don't know what your doing
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wow... my Prayers are with her that she will be safe...

she was travelling alone?
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the hotel she was in looks like a crack shack (google street view)

and the reviews are horrendous

traveling alone and staying in a place like that especially when you're a petite girl




Hope she's safe, she may just be high in some crackshack that she unwittingly got addicted to (its common)

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hope shes found and safe soon.
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if you're missing for more than 2 days good chance you're probably dead
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if you're missing for more than 2 days good chance you're probably dead
Not true. there are many reasons why someone can be reported missing. The majority of the time they aren't really "missing", and are not at risk. Most cases are "suspicious" but it depends who you talk to. IMO, family members like the mom and dad are probably the worst people to get info from. They ALWAYS see their children, husband , wife, as the perfect person who does nothing wrong, and would never get themselves in any bad situation. The people that would know someone best is probably their friends. Friends usually see each other at their best and worst. You ask any parent with respect to their child doing something "bad", they will almost always say it is out of the child's character.

Also, family members are the ones who always initiate the missing person. You never do know if the person is "safe" or not. In this case, it could end up bad, there has got to be someone that the girl knows who is aware of the reason why she went to LA alone... in a shady area.

Some things to think about (which the police already have)

- does she even have her phone on her ( could be dead battery, or stolen/lost)

- when is her flight back (did she miss it or not)

- does she have friends there

- why is she in LA

- bank activity

- interview all her friends, locally

Those are just a handful of things that need to be answered before jumping into conclusions.
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Her phone was in the hotel, she went alone for no real apparent reason, no friends or family in LA. Hope she turns up soon!
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Not to be a dick. But they should also check webpages like Backpage.com maybe she was a call girl and got mixed up with the wrong client.
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Why do you try so hard to act all bad ass, tough guy all the time?


Like seriously, every thread? What are you trying to prove to anons in the internet?
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Like seriously, every thread? What are you trying to prove to anons in the internet?
Cause I'm hard like that bra n'am sayin?

But really, outside of elderly wandering off and being found when do you ever hear of people missing under suspicious/unknown circumstances turning up? It's very rare
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But really, outside of elderly wandering off and being found when do you ever hear of people missing under suspicious/unknown circumstances turning up? It's very rare
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You think that the only missing people are the ones that end up on the news? It is safe to say that at least 10 people a day are reported "missing". From my experience, the majority of people who are reported "missing" end up being safely located. An elderly wandering off is actually just as high risk as the girl in this story. Imagine an elderly person with dementia wandering the streets of Vancouver. They aren't going to find their way back home themselves.
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Even if there are "low chances" of finding her, I don't see why you ought to be negative in every thread... Keep it to urself
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like this page:
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if you have a twitter account, search for #findelisa or #elisalam and retweet the messages.

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Damn, I hope they locate her. Doesn't matter what the circumstances are, that girl could be my daughter, your sister, your best friend, etc.

I don't know what we can do, but hopefully good news is over the horizon. I don't tweet, but if all those who have an account do as dave123 suggested, it's better than nothing. I'll pass this on to my kids and get them involved.
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This is very sad news. I know the area very well, having spent a month living in the Arts District a mile away from the Cecil. I can tell you for sure that once it gets dark, you don't want to be caught walking around in that area. You'd be safe even in a place like Pigeon Park.
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