Mysterious circumstances surrounding the case of a female university student who’d fallen to her death at a hotel in Changsha, Hunan province has attracted attention nationwide. Hotel surveillance footage showed the woman loitering in the hallways of the hotel moments before she died.
According to reports, the 21-year-old student, identified as Xiao Can, was in Changsha for an internship. Her family pointed out that the deceased had not displayed any abnormal behavior and had been in touch with the company organizing the internship just prior to her death.
Xiao Can arrived in Changsha on June 2, and was prepared to report to her internship host. She checked into a local hotel called Qi Tian and was dead less than an hour later.
The location from where Xiao Can fell happened to have been blocked off, so security cameras failed to capture the the moment she fell. Police found it especially strange that the window which she would’ve fallen from could only be opened around 10 centimeters, and the window sill was too high for most people to climb onto.
Police have ruled out the possibility of homicide and suspect that the student had taken her own life. Xiao Can’ parents, however, are not convinced.
In security footage, Xiao Can is seen loitering outside the hotel doors for a few minutes before going up to the 8th floor. She looked around the hallways on the 8th floor, then went to the floor above, and finally went back to the 8th floor. Xiao San fell to her death at around 7:45 p.m.
A friend of the deceased also thought it was unlikely that Xiao Can would have committed suicide. According to the friend, the student was optimistic and had not shown an emotional distress in the days leading up to her death. Xiao Can had contacted her classmates on the day she died, and appeared normal.
The student’s mysterious death has been likened by media to the unsolved case of Elisa Lam, a Canadian tourist who was found dead inside a water tank atop a hotel in California two years ago. The woman was seen exhibiting strange behavior in CCTV footage just hours before her death.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via Sing Tao Daily]