Autopsy report disappoints Elisa Lam's family

By Lin Liyao
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Elisa Lam (file photo)

The autopsy report on Chinese Canadian student Elisa Lam was released by the Los Angeles Police Department on June 24. The long-awaited report unfortunately did not bring the victim's family the satisfaction and closure they had hoped for.

When interviewed by Sing Tao Daily, a Canada-based Chinese newspaper, Lam's father expressed his strong disappointment at the report, saying, "How could Lam have access to the rooftop and climb up the water tank? What’s the exact cause of her death? These questions remain unclear."

In response to the reports Lam was allegedly suffering from bipolar disorder, her father replied he believed she was a smart and clever girl who could not have been suffering from any mental disorder.

In addition, according to Lam's father, the Cecil Hotel where the accident took place has changed hands, but whether the deal has something to do with the Lam case is unknown.

The Los Angeles coroner's autopsy report ruled Lam's death an accidental drowning since no scar, toxicant or medicine could be traced on or in her body. Local police suspected her alleged bipolar personality disorder had contributed to the tragic event.

The 21-year-old University of British Colombia undergraduate had traveled to Los Angeles by herself on Jan. 26, 2013. On Jan. 31, Lam's family said their daughter had disappeared and asked local police to investigate the case. On Feb. 19, the girl's body was found inside the rooftop water tank of the Cecil Hotel.

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