The physique of California lawyer Elliot Blair has been returned to the US to bear a personal post-mortem, greater than two weeks after he died beneath mysterious circumstances in Mexico.
The 33-year-old’s stays crossed the border from Baja California on Monday and had been taken to Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary in Southern California, household lawyer Case Barnett advised the Orange County Register.
Blair’s household hopes the personal post-mortem deliberate for Wednesday will present that the Orange County deputy public defender didn’t die of an unintended fall, as Mexican officers declare, however was the sufferer of a “brutal crime.”
Dr. John Hiserodt of Anaheim will reportedly carry out the personal post-mortem.
Funeral providers are set for Feb. 11, Barnett advised the paper.
“There’s an enormous sense of reduction. (The household) wasn’t even positive they might get the physique again, the scenario has been so fluid,” Barnett advised the Register.
The lawyer stated US Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) of Santa Ana, Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken and others helped the household get their liked one’s physique again by reaching out to Mexican officers.
“It ended up getting fairly excessive within the Mexican authorities to get Elliot’s physique again. There was some back-channeling occurring,” he stated.
Blair and his spouse, fellow deputy public defender Kimberly Williams, had been staying on the luxurious Las Rocas Resort and Spa in Rosarito Seashore to have a good time their first anniversary when he was discovered useless on Jan. 14.
Video obtained by The Publish exhibits the couple hours earlier than his loss of life dancing to a stay band performing Earth, Wind & Hearth’s “Let’s Groove” on the four-star lodge’s Splash Baja restaurant and bar earlier than they returned to their second-floor room.
At 1 a.m., Blair was discovered useless beneath a third-story walkway — clad in his underwear, a T-shirt and socks.
The household stated Mexican police initially advised Williams her husband had accidents to his head however later added in addition they found a bullet gap.
Barnett stated a liaison with the coroner’s workplace advised the household the reason for loss of life was a “trauma to the pinnacle,” however didn’t point out a bullet gap.
In the meantime, the lawyer common of Baja California has stated Williams advised investigators that Blair left their room to shoo away noisy pigeons.
Williams has adamantly denied making that assertion. Barnett stated the spouse advised the cops Elliot would jokingly coo on the birds close to their room, however that it was misplaced in translation.
Blair’s household additionally has insisted that neither he nor his spouse was drunk that evening.
Correa stated he was glad he might assist the household get Blair’s physique again by making calls to Mexican contacts.
“The Elliot Blair case exhibits the necessity to present our residents with service that goes past the border,” Correa advised the Register. “Be ready, be prepared.”