The family of an Orange County, California public defender who died in Mexico while celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary is speaking through an attorney, saying his death was a “violent crime” and not a crime. drunken accident as stated by the authorities.
Elliot Blair, 33, died early Saturday morning at Las Rocas Resort and Spa in Rosarito after local police said he was drunk and fell from the fourth floor, according to the news. patrol 646a news website in Mexico.
“The family, who have extensive legal training in criminal law, wholeheartedly believe that according to their initial investigation, Elliot was involved in a heinous crime,” said David Scarsone, the family’s attorney.
In the statement, the family said they were waiting for information from the Mexican authorities, but “no one from the Rosarito Beach Police Department, their district attorney’s office or other Mexicans reached out and spoke to them directly. ”
The only contact the family has received was a contact with the coroner’s office on Monday, according to the statement.
The source revealed that Blair’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and said the case has been turned over to the district attorney’s office for a possible homicide investigation. The toxicology report was not completed at that time, the family was told.
Blair’s family told officials they would conduct their own investigation through a private company and retain their own pathologist to conduct a medical examination and toxicology report.
“Throughout this process, the Mexican authorities have recommended that Elliot’s body be cremated,” Scarsone said. “During a discussion with the funeral director, it was again suggested that he be cremated and the family asked that his body not be cremated in order to conduct a thorough, complete, independent investigation.”
Within hours of that conversation, the family said they received a news report that Mexican officials called the case an “emergency” although those officials have not been reached or confirmed that. detail them.
Blair’s wife, Kim, said she was given “multiple versions of what happened to Elliot,” throughout the investigation.
The family said Kim and Elliot had stayed at the Las Rocas Resort and Spa in Rosarito several times over the past five years and Elliot was “very familiar” with the resort’s layout.
Kim said the incident “didn’t happen on the private balcony of their room, or a balcony, for that matter,” but on a sidewalk outside the front door. their room.
The family also said that Elliot was not drunk at the time of his death and only his pants, nightgown and socks were found.
“Because of the lack of investigation, the family feels compelled to do their own personal investigation to find the truth,” said Scarsone.
Blair, who lived in Orange, had worked for the public defender’s office since 2017.
The Orange County Register, which first reported Blair’s deathreceived a statement from Martin Schwarz, a partner in the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, who said they are working with US authorities to get more information.
“We have been in contact with the family and are doing what we can to support them during this difficult time, including working with local and federal agencies to help provide them with answers. ” Schwarz told the OC Register.
“Elliot is a smart lawyer with a bright future,” his family said. “Elliot had a natural ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Elliot was a loving husband, son, and brother. Elliot’s sudden, suspicious death has left his family and his people with a big hole in their hearts that cannot be repaired.”
A GoFundMe campaign was held to support Blair’s widow, Kim, and the process of returning Blair’s body to the US and “handling all the red tape,” according to organizer Annie Rodriguez .
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