Former Cecil Hotel manager responds to claims lift footage was edited

Zoe Shenton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

Netflix's newest true-crime documentary The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel focuses on the tragic disappearance of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam. For months, the case left police and internet sleuths perplexed. The only solid evidence police had to help them after Elisa vanished was the last known CCTV footage of her in one of the Cecil Hotel's lifts.

In the four-part documentary we're shown how the conspiracy theorists picked apart and questioned the footage, arguing that it had been slowed down, the time stamp had been completely blurred out and also claimed it appeared to jump in parts.

In the final episode, addressing allegations that the video had been tampered with, one of the detectives working the case in 2013 categorically denied that it had been altered in any way, while it was suggested footage is often slowed down so it's easier to analyse.

Former manager Amy Price has now reiterated that, telling E! News in no way did the hotel edit the footage before it was given to the police.

"That's absolutely false," she said. "I was a little surprised to hear that. I really hadn't heard that before the documentary. I'm not surprised people feel that way based on the momentum that a lot of the sleuths have."

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

She added, "We cooperated with the police 100 per cent... I mean, from the moment they arrived. There wasn't even a chance to even look at the tapes myself, I just handed them over. I provided a room for them to review them and that's exactly what they did."

Price worked at the hotel from 2007 to 2017 and oversaw part of the downtown Los Angeles hotel being rebranded as the Stay On Main. In 2017, the hotel shut its doors in order to undergo a major revamp, which is due to be completed this year.


As for what Price is doing today, she now runs a jewellery and interior design business. When asked if she would ever go back to the Cecil, she added to E!, "As far as returning to the hotel, I couldn't tell you that's on the list. But you never know where life can take you."

Watch Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel on Netflix now

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