Brutal crime :On Tuesday, the family of an Orange County public defender who died in Mexico on his one-year wedding anniversary called his death a “brutal crime.”
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According to Patrulla 646, a Mexican news website, Elliot Blair, 33, died early Saturday at Las Rocas Resort and Spa in Rosarito after falling from a fourth-floor balcony.
Blair’s family has said his death was not an accident.
“The family, which has substantial legal experience in criminal law, wholeheartedly thinks based on their initial research, that Elliot was the victim of a horrible crime,” said David Scarsone, the family’s attorney.
The family says they awaited updates from Mexican authorities, but “no one from the Rosarito Beach Police Department, their district attorney’s office or any other Mexican officials have reached out and spoken to them directly.”
The statement said the family just heard from a coroner’s liaison on Monday.
The liaison claimed Blair died from serious head injuries and that the district attorney’s office was investigating a possible homicide. The family was told the toxicological report was incomplete.
Blair’s family told officials they would hire a private agency and a forensic pathologist to do a medical exam and toxicology report.
Scarsone said Mexican authorities have recommended cremating Elliot’s body throughout the process.“During a meeting with the funeral home liasion, it was again requested he be cremated and the family urged his remains not be destroyed to perform a detailed, complete, independent investigation.”
The family found a news piece quoting Mexican officials labelling the situation a “unfortunate accident” within hours after that chat.
Kim, Blair’s wife, alleges she received “different accounts of what happened to Elliot” during the investigation.
The family says Kim and Elliot have been at Rosarito’s Las Rocas Resort and Spa many times over the past five years and that Elliot was “extremely familiar” with the resort’s layout.
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The encounter occurred on an open-air pathway outside their room’s front door, according to Kim.
The family believes Elliot was found wearing only his underwear, sleeping top, and socks and was not intoxicate
“Due to the inadequacies of the inquiry, the family feels obligated to conduct their own private investigation in pursuit of the truth,” Scarsone added.
Blair, a public defender from Orange, worked since 2017.