She bought some books at a nearby bookstore, returned to the hotel, and disappeared. A search team tried to find her with no luck...until February 13th, when police released this video from just before she disappeared. It was taken in the elevator of her hotel:
She steps in the elevator, steps out of the elevator, looks around, and ducks back in, seeming to hide from someone...or something.
It's the stuff Internet legend is made of. People had a field day wondering what might have been in the hallway. Was someone chasing her? Or was she suffering from some sort of mental breakdown?
Five days after the video was released, hotel guests began complaining about the water pressure in their rooms. The water also had a "funny taste." Hotel employees traced the problem to the water tank on the roof, where they found Elisa's body.
Had she fallen in? Or had someone put her there? Theories seemed to continue to emerge. Two filmmakers demonstrated how she could have easily climbed to the roof through a ladder near an open window, climbed inside the tank, and drowned. Police seem to believe that is what happened.
Why? Apparently Elisa was on medications for mood disorders, and experts believe she had a manic episode. But the murder theories continue to circulate, mostly because they're much more interesting than the truth. Here's the elevator video...decide for yourself.
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