UPDATE: Feb. 19 - Police have confirmed the body of Elisa Lam was found in a rooftop water tank of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. It remains too early in the investigation to determine if Lam was a victim of foul play.

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Elisa Lam, the Vancouver woman who disappeared in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, is seen acting strangely in new video released by police on Thursday.

A more recent photo of Lam was also publicized by the L.A. Police Department in hopes that someone will recognize her and contact them.

Lam, 21, was last seen in the lobby of The Cecil Hotel in downtown L.A. The UBC student had been travelling alone but was in regular contact with her parents until she vanished, said police last week. Her final destination was apparently Santa Cruz, north of L.A.


The troubling video appears to be from a surveillance camera in a hotel elevator. Lam is seen pushing several buttons in the elevator, peering into the hallway and looking agitated. She leaves the elevator and then returns a few times.

Police have called her disappearance "suspicious."

Here is a timeline of Elisa Lam's disappearance.

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  • Jan. 26, 2013 - Arrival In L.A.

    21-year-old <a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/news_view/52943">Elisa Lam</a> of Vancouver, B.C. arrived in L.A. on Jan. 26. The University of British Columbia student was travelling by herself.

  • Jan. 28, 2013 - Hotel Check-In

    Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/06/elisa-lam-missing-vancouver-la-disappearance_n_2632632.html">downtown Los Angeles</a> on Jan. 28. She was set to check out on Feb. 1, reported KTLA.

  • Jan. 31, 2013 - Last Seen Alive

    Lam was last seen alive in the lobby of the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31. She had been in contact with her family daily. Her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/06/elisa-lam-missing-vancouver-la-disappearance_n_2632632.html">disappearance was called "suspicious"</a> by police.

  • Feb. 8, 2013 - Friend Calls Lam "Caring"

    Friends called Lam a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/08/elisa-lam-vancouver-student-missing-los-angeles_n_2647593.html">caring and conscientious woman</a>. She had been travelling alone in California. Police said her reason for travelling in the state was "unclear."

  • Feb. 14, 2013 - Troubling Video Released

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/14/elisa-lam-missing-video-la-vancouver_n_2688168.html">LAPD released</a> a troubling video captured from the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zq4LmWiDiC0">Cecil Hotel's elevator surveillance</a> camera of Lam behaving strangely.

  • Feb. 19, 2013 - Body Found

    On Feb. 19, Lam's body was discovered by a worker in one of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/19/elisa-lam-dead-missing-vancouver-body-found-la_n_2719564.html">Cecil Hotel</a>'s four water tanks on the building's roof. They were checking a complaint about low water pressure.

  • Feb. 20, 2013 - Guests Leave Hotel After Lam Found

    A man, left, leaves the Cecil Hotel with belongings as Michael and Sabina Baugh, both 27, of Plymouth, England, wait for transportation as they leave the hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 20. Early Tuesday, police discovered the body of a Canadian woman at the bottom of the historic hotel's water tank, weeks after she was reported missing. The Baughs, on a 14-day tour package, had been there eight days and had showered in and drank the water. The couple's tour operator was less than cooperative in finding them other accommodations.

  • Feb. 21, 2013 - Autopsy Complete

    An autopsy on the body was completed on Feb. 21, but the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/21/elisa-lam-autopsy-missing-la-die_n_2736358.html">cause of death</a> has been "deferred pending additional tests," said Ed Winter, L.A. Country assistant chief coroner.

  • Feb. 26, 2013 - Class-Action Lawsuit Filed

    Two former guests file a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/01/elisa-lam-case-cecil-hotel-lawsuit_n_2793453.html?1362186011">class-action lawsuit</a> against the Cecil Hotel after Elisa Lam's body was found in a water tank.

  • Jun. 20, 2013 - Cause Of Death Confirmed

    Elisa Lam died of "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/20/elisa-lam-death-accidental_n_3474116.html" target="_blank">accidental due to drowning, other significant conditions: bipolar disorder</a>," confirmed Los Angeles County Coroner.

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