A California lawyer was found dead at a resort in Mexico, and the family has now released the results of a private autopsy that confirms that he was murdered.
Elliot Blair, 33, a deputy public defender in Orange County, California, was found dead at the Las Rocas Resort and Spa on January 14th. He was wearing only his underwear, a t-shirt, and socks when his body was discovered.
Local authorities had initially ruled his death an accident, but Blair’s family and their attorney, Case Barnett, have since disputed this conclusion. Barnett has stated that the autopsy revealed bruising on Blair’s body that did not match the account of local authorities, suggesting that he was attacked by multiple assailants.
In addition, a source close to the family has revealed that Blair and his wife were stopped by two police officers in Rosarito just hours before his death. The couple was allegedly shaken down for money, and Blair handed over $160 before being allowed to go. Now, the family is questioning whether this incident was connected to his death.
Blair’s wife Kimberly Williams has also spoken out, saying that she was asleep when a security guard and the hotel manager woke her and said, “Excuse me, miss, excuse me, excuse me, is this your boyfriend down here?”
Williams has expressed her disbelief at the official ruling of accidental death, saying she has “never seen him sloppy” or “not be able to stand” and that “without him, I feel like I have nothing.”
Dr. Rami Hashish, an injury expert consulting the family, has also expressed doubts about the official ruling, saying that “the injury pattern[s] just simply don’t add up with one another” and that “nothing really points to the fact that it was necessarily an accident.”
The State Attorney General’s Office of Baja California has stood by its conclusion that Blair’s death was an accident, citing a toxicology report that found a “considerable” amount of alcohol in his body.
However, the family is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened. They’re now pushing for a full investigation into the alleged shakedown and whether it had anything to do with Blair’s death. Williams is also speaking out so her late husband won’t be forgotten, saying she wants “the world to remember the person he was — his smile, his heart. That’s one of the only things keeping me going right now — is the idea of doing this for him, for honoring his name.”