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The loss of life of an Orange County public defender at a Baja California resort final week, labeled an “unlucky 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 marriage ceremony anniversary, in accordance with a press release from his household.

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

“The household, which has intensive authorized coaching in prison regulation, wholeheartedly believes primarily based on their preliminary investigation that Elliot was the sufferer of a brutal crime,” the assertion mentioned.

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

However Blair’s household argues the incident occurred in an open-air walkway outdoors his room’s entrance door. He was discovered sporting his underwear, his sleeping T-shirt and socks, in accordance with a household assertion. Blair and Williams vacationed on the Rosarito resort a number of instances over the past 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 advised 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, in accordance with the assertion.

Makes an attempt to achieve the Baja California legal professional common’s workplace on Tuesday weren’t profitable.

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

“Elliot was an excellent legal professional with a vivid future,” the household mentioned. “Elliot’s smile was radiant and warmed the hearts of each individual he got here in touch with. Elliot had an innate capacity to attach with folks from all walks of life. Elliot was a loving husband, son and brother. Elliot’s tragic, premature, and suspicious loss of life has left his household and neighborhood with an enormous gap of their hearts that may by no means be repaired.”

Blair’s and Williams’ households have solely been in contact with a liaison by means of the coroner’s workplace who contacted them Sunday afternoon. The liaison mentioned that primarily based on the medical expert’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, in accordance with the assertion.

Blair’s household mentioned that Mexican authorities have urged 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 will possibly conduct a radical, unbiased 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 loss of life was an “unlucky accident,” however the officers nonetheless haven’t spoken to the household.

Williams has been advised 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 conversant in the format on the resort and was fluent in Spanish.

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

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

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