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LAPD seeks public's help in finding missing Canadian tourist

February 6, 2013 |  2:20 pm

L.A. police asked for the public's help Wednesday in finding a Vancouver, Canada, woman last seen at a downtown hotel nearly a week ago.

Elisa Lam, 21, arrived in Los Angeles on Jan. 26 and was last seen Jan. 31 at the Cecil Hotel on Main Street, police said at a news conference. Lam's final destination was believed to be Santa Cruz, authorities said, but it was unclear why she was traveling in California.

Police said Lam had been in contact with her family daily but had not communicated with them for six days.

Lam is 5-feet-4, weighs about 115 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She speaks both English and Cantonese, authorities said, and used public transportation.

Anyone with information about Lam's whereabouts is asked to call police at (213) 486-6890 or (877) 527-3247. Anonymous tips can be called in at (800) 222-8477.

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