A Texas firefighter has been found dead after his family believes he was kidnapped at a Mexican resort while on vacation to celebrate his wedding anniversary, according to reports.
Elijah Snow, who was a firefighter in the city of Arlington, had traveled with his wife, Jamie, last week to an all-inclusive resort in the popular tourist destination of Cancun, news station DFW-TV reported.
The couple went to grab drinks at the hotel bar for their first night of the vacation, but at some point in the evening his wife decided to go back to their room, the outlet reported.
When she woke up around 4 a.m. Monday, she realized that Snow wasn’t there, the news station reported.
She began searching for him and was told that he had been found dead, possibly after falling between the walls of the resort next door, the outlet reported.
Officials in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo said Friday that Snow’s body was discovered stuck in the bathroom window of a hotel in the Benito Juarez district.
The death appeared to be an accident and there were no signs of violence, officials said.
Snow’s family, however, hired a local attorney who obtained crime scene photos that show bruises on most of his body, news station KTVT reported.
The family now believes that he was kidnapped and beaten before he was killed, the outlet reported.
“You’re supposed to be safe there,” Randy Elledge, Snow’s father-in-law, told the outlet. “You’re at your resort, all inclusive, and have no intentions of leaving so you’ll be safe. And you’re not safe there.”