An American public defender who died this month while celebrating his first wedding anniversary in Mexico “was the victim of a brutal crime,” his family said, noting a coroner’s liaison told them the case was sent to a local prosecutor “to conduct a possible homicide investigation.”
Elliot Blair, 33, a deputy public defender in Orange County, California, died from “severe head trauma,” the liaison said, citing an autopsy, according to a family statement provided by their attorney, David Scarsone.
Blair was found dead Saturday at the Las Rocas Resort in Rosarito Beach – a 45-mile drive south of San Diego – where he and his wife Kim were staying.
The Baja California Attorney General’s Office said the death appeared to be the “result of an unfortunate accident from a fall by the now deceased from a third-story floor,” according to its statement to the Orange County Register.
The agency did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. Rosarito Beach police did not immediately return CNN’s calls.
Blair’s family has not had contact with Mexican law enforcement about his death, they said.
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