Family disputes Mexican authorities’ account of O.C. lawyer’s demise

The demise of an Orange County public defender at a Baja California resort final week, labeled an “unfortunate accident” by Mexican authorities, has raised a number of unanswered questions with little to no investigation by native police, the person’s household mentioned in a press release.

Elliot Blair, 33, died Saturday in Rosarito whereas staying on the Las Rocas Resort and Spa along with his spouse, Kimberly Williams, to have a good time their first wedding ceremony anniversary, based on a press release from his household.

The narrative offered by Mexican authorities leaves too many unanswered questions, Blair’s and Williams’ households mentioned in a joint assertion, including that they might rent a personal investigation agency and an impartial forensic pathologist to conduct a medical examination and toxicology evaluation.

“The family, which has extensive legal training in criminal law, wholeheartedly believes based on their initial investigation that Elliot was the victim of a brutal crime,” the assertion mentioned.

Mexican authorities informed the Orange County Register that Blair fell from “a third-story floor” and that his demise was unintended. The Spanish-language publication Noticias BC reported {that a} man of Blair’s description fell from a fourth-floor lodge room.

However Blair’s household argues the incident occurred in an open-air walkway exterior his room’s entrance door. He was discovered sporting his underwear, his sleeping T-shirt and socks, based on a household assertion. Blair and Williams vacationed on the Rosarito resort a number of instances during the last 5 years and stayed within the third-floor room, the household mentioned.

Elliot Blair, an Orange County public defender, died Saturday. He was 33.

Mexican authorities additionally informed the Register that they’re in touch with the U.S. Justice Division and the FBI, that are sharing data with Blair’s household.

However his household mentioned nobody from the Rosarito Seashore Police Division or another Mexican officers have instantly contacted the household, based on the assertion.

Makes an attempt to succeed in the Baja California legal professional basic’s workplace on Tuesday weren’t profitable.

Blair had been with the general public defender’s workplace since 2017, the 12 months he handed the bar examination, and dealt with felony instances out of the Santa Ana workplace.

“Elliot was a brilliant attorney with a bright future,” the household mentioned. “Elliot’s smile was radiant and warmed the hearts of every person he came in contact with. Elliot had an innate ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Elliot was a loving husband, son and brother. Elliot’s tragic, untimely, and suspicious death has left his family and community with a huge hole in their hearts that will never be repaired.”

Blair’s and Williams’ households have solely been in contact with a liaison by the coroner’s workplace who contacted them Sunday afternoon. The liaison mentioned that primarily based on the health worker’s workplace, Blair died from extreme head trauma, however a toxicology report has not but been accomplished. The case was forwarded to the district legal professional’s workplace for a potential murder investigation, based on the assertion.

Blair’s household mentioned that Mexican authorities have steered that Blair’s physique be cremated. A funeral residence liaison additionally made the identical suggestion, however Blair’s household insists that his physique be preserved so it may conduct a radical, impartial investigation.

Whereas Blair’s household has not spoken to Mexican authorities, it learn in a information report that quoted officers who claimed that Blair’s demise was an “unfortunate accident,” however the officers nonetheless haven’t spoken to the household.

Williams has been informed a number of variations of what occurred to Blair. Their households argue that his physique was not discovered beneath the couple’s room’s balcony or another balcony on the resort, and that Blair was accustomed to the structure on the resort and was fluent in Spanish.

Blair’s household didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Instances employees author Alexandra E. Petri contributed to this report.