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Police Say Disappearance of Young Canadian Woman in L.A. 'may suggest foul play' [UPDATED]

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Elisa Lam (Photo courtesy LAPD)
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The Los Angeles Police Department are circulating a photo of a young Canadian woman who has gone missing while visiting L.A. 21-year-old Elisa Lam, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, was last seen at a hotel in Downtown L.A.

"Her disappearance is suspicious and may suggest foul play," notes the LAPD in an emailed news release.

The LAPD plan to hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Lam. They are hoping the public will be able to provide leads to help locate the young woman.

UPDATE: The LAPD have released more information regarding Lam's disappearance. The young woman arrived in L.A. on January 26, and was last seen January 31 at the Cecil Hotel on Main Street in DTLA.

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It's not clear why Lam was traveling in California, however her final destination was in Santa Cruz. Police say Lam tends to use public transit, such as local buses and Amtrak train service.

Lam is described as an Asian woman of Chinese descent. She has black hair, brown eyes and stands 5 feet 4 inches tall. She weighs about 115 pounds. She is fluent in English and also speaks Cantonese.