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Anderson, Daniel T.M.S., FTS-ABFT, D-ABC
Supervising Criminalist II
(323) 343-0660
Aparicio, M.Forensic Attendant. Transported Elisa Lam’s body from the scene to the Forensic Science Center.
Baugh, Michael
Baugh, Sabrina
“The water did have a funny taste. We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here,” Sabrina Baugh, a tourist from Britain, told CNN.
Baugh and her husband, Michael had been saying at the hotel for eight days.  
“The moment we found out, we felt a bit sick to the stomach, quite literally, especially having drank the water, we’re not well mentally,” Michael Baugh told the news source.
Bertone, D.Investigator, Department of Coroner
Name is hand written at the bottom of the Coroner’s report where it discusses the medications she had on here. There’s a large “3A” on the page.
Bivens, L.Technician.
Noted on Medical Report.
Diaz, BernardBernard Diaz, 89, who has lived on the third floor at the Cecil for 32 years, told the LA Times that he heard a ‘tremendous’ racket on his floor above him the night Lam disappeared. He said the floor also experience flooding that night. [1]

Reportedly, Lam was staying on the fourth floor, one floor above Bernard Diaz’s room. Diaz also mentioned that there was flooding on the fourth floor the day after Lam went missing, stating that there was ‘some obstruction to the drain between the third and fourth floor.’
Faden, SaraLAPD Spokesperson
Lam, DavidElisa Lam’s father. He and his wife Yinna Lam immigrated from Hong Kong and operated a restaurant in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Lam, Elisa
Lam, SarahElisa Lam’s sister.

Reported to LAPD that her sister has a history of depression and bipolar disorder. She was taking 4 medications, Willbutrin, Lamotrigine, Quetiapine, and another that the sister could not recall. Elisa Lam was not know to have suicidal ideations or known prior attempts.
Lam, YinnaElisa Lam’s mother. She and her husband David Lam immigrated from Hong Kong and operated a restaurant in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Lopez, Santiago
Mr. Lopez began working at the Cecil Hotel in 2010 as a maintenance employee. He said that he only knew who Elisa Lam was because police had begun searching for her after her family reported her missing, and that he aided officers by opening the doors of various rooms in the hotel as they conducted their investigation. He was also the one who would eventually find Lam’s body in one of the four 1,000-gallon water tanks on the hotel’s roof. Guests were complaining about the low water pressure, so Lopez said he took the elevator to the 15th floor and took a staircase up to the roof. He had to first turn off the rooftop alarm, then had to climb up onto the platform where the four tanks sat. Then, he had to climb another ladder to get to the top of the main tank. 

“I noticed the hatch to the main water tank was open and looked inside and saw an Asian woman lying face-up in the water approximately twelve inches from the top of the tank,” he said. 

Police had checked the roof during their investigation, but did not think to look in the tanks. Lopez said that he didn’t notice anything wrong with the alarm on the door to the roof that day, nor had he heard it go off at any point during Lam’s stay. 

He said that to the best of his knowledge, no other hotel guests have ever been able to access the water tanks.

Source: The LAist
Los Angeles Fire Department #9Responded to determine death at 1022 hours on February 19, 2013.
MacWillie, Lt. CherylAssigned Lam’s case to Det. Tennelle at 1310 hours on February 19, 2013.
Orphan, KatieManager at “The Last Bookstore”
Last person known to talk to Elisa Lam.
She told CNN Elisa was “very outgoing, very lively, very friendly,” chatting about whether her purchases would be too heavy to carry around for the rest of her travels. 
Sanchez, OfficerReported Lam’s death to Homicide Detectives on 02/19/2013 at 1249 hours.
Scarfe, Dr. Sarah E.Elisa Lam’s Physician. Prescribed the medications she was on.
Schuchardt, Mark S.Senior Criminalist. Notified and present at the Forensic Science Center for evidence collection.
Sterns, Detective (#31611)Present at Lam’s Autopsy.
Tennelle, Wallace (#22628)Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Devision, 213-486-6850.

Arrived at the scene at 1248 hours and cleared from the call at 1700 hours on February 19, 2013.

Present at Lam’s Autopsy.
Tovar, PedroCecil’s Chief Engineer

He noted that there are four ways to get onto the roof. Three fire escapes which you can get to via interior doors, and one staircase from the 14th floor. An alarm will sound if someone attempts to open the door to the roof if it is not deactivated first, something that typically only hotel employees would be able to do. If the alarm sounds, it is audible to the front desk, as well as the 14th and 15th floors. 

Assuming one could get onto the roof undetected, Tovar said that you would first have to climb up to the platform the tanks sit on, then squeeze between them and other plumbing equipment. There, you’d find another ladder, which you could use to climb onto one of the four cisterns. Each has a heavy, metal lid, which you’d need to be able to open before you could get inside.

Source: The LAist
Yagerlener, Kelly (#489129)Coroner Investigator.
Released the watch and a hotel key card to the LAPD detectives.



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