The family of Elliot Blair, the California lawyer killed at a luxury Mexican resort while on a trip with his wife, shot down reports by authorities that he was shooing away noisy pigeons outside his hotel room and fell to his death.
The attorney general of Baja California said the public defender’s wife, Kimberly Williams, told investigators that he was drawn to the noisy birds outside their third-floor room at the 4-star Las Rocas Resort and Spa, the Orange County Register reported.
But Blair’s family slammed AG Ricardo Ivan Carpio Sanchez’s report that the man’s death was accidental, arguing that he was killed in a violent crime when he ventured outside in a T-shirt, underwear, and socks.
“It is categorically false that Kim ever stated that Elliot exited their room that night to scare away pigeons or in response to any noise,” the family said in a statement, according to the outlet.
“Kim was asleep at the time this incident occurred,” it added.
On Tuesday, the family said the 33-year-old lawyer’s death happened in an open-air walkway outside the front door of their room and not in a fall off a balcony as has been reported by Mexican officials.
They also denied that Blair was intoxicated at the time of his death on Saturday.
Blair and his wife — who were staying at the Rosarito Beach resort to celebrate their first anniversary — knew the layout of the hotel after having stayed there several times before, the family said.
They also alleged that Mexican authorities have suggested that Blair’s body be cremated, but they rejected that idea because they want Blair’s body turned over to them so “a thorough, complete, independent investigation” can be done.
The grieving family said Blair’s widow has been “given multiple versions of what happened to Elliot.”
They added that a liaison to the coroner’s office has told them that an autopsy found that Blair died as a result of severe head trauma and that the case was going to be forwarded to the DA’s office to probe a possible homicide.
The attorney general said there were no signs of violence or wounds caused by a firearm or a sharp weapon, the Register reported.
“This traumatic brain injury could have been caused by a free fall from a third story,” he reportedly said.
John Jenks, a California private investigator who has worked with Blair on several cases, told The Post that he would investigate the case as a “cover-up.”
“People are not forthcoming with information and evidence. Clearly, the family believes it’s murder and they are taking the right steps,” he said.
“And based on what they’re saying here, severe head trauma can mean a lot of different things,” Jenks added.