An attorney for Elliot Blair’s family says his head was likely “hit and dragged” by more than one person before he died while vacationing in Mexico.
Blair, a public defender in California, was on vacation in Rosita, Mexico, last month with his wife Kimberly Williams to celebrate their one-year anniversary when he was found dead outside the entrance to a three-story hotel.
Mexican authorities have been inconsistent in their explanations for Blair’s death, but the family believes it was homicide.
Mexican authorities say his death “was the result of an unfortunate accident when the deceased fell from a third floor,” saying Blair was probably drunk and trying to chase pigeons.
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Blair’s wife Williams said her husband’s death was not an accident during an appearance on Good Morning America.
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“I just know it’s not an accident,” Williams said. “I know it didn’t fall. That’s all I know.”
Case Barnett, an attorney for Blair’s family, told the New York Post that it was foul play.
“It’s obvious to us and the experts we’ve spoken to that this is foul play,” said Barnett. “Either he fell to his knees for some reason or he was hit and dragged. One of our experts told us more than one man is likely to have done this if he looks at the damage to Elliot’s head.”
After a night on the town, Williams was awakened at 1:40 by hotel employees asking about Blair, then pointed to her body which was three floors below.
“I turned to the side, I didn’t see him there, so I ran out the front door, and they’re aiming over the side of our front door toward the ground,” Williams said. “Well, that was my Elliot over there.”
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According to investigators, Blair was watching a video on Instagram at 12:35 a.m., then a 911 call came in at 12:55 a.m. reporting a “person who has apparently suffered a fall”.
Blair had no vital signs at 1:10 am when paramedics arrived on the scene.
“I want to do everything I can to figure out what happened in that 45-minute time frame,” Williams said. “Because that’s what Elliot deserves. And that’s the hardest part for me, not knowing.”
Dr. Rami Hashish, an injury and physical performance expert who has consulted with Blair’s family previously, told Fox News Digital that there are “various inconsistencies in the preliminary reports.”
“It’s highly unlikely that someone would lose their balance just by chasing pigeons,” Hashish said. “But what’s even more unlikely is someone losing their balance and then falling off the edge of a balcony.”
According to a report in the Orange County Register, Blair and Williams were allegedly extorted by local police as they were driving back to their hotel the night he died.
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Williams told GMA that local police allegedly stopped them for a stop sign and forced them to turn over all the cash they had, which she said was $160, but it was less than what officers had originally requested. .
“We’ve never been stopped before,” Williams said. “We were both shaken up, but at the same time we both had this feeling of ‘Thank God they didn’t do anything to us anymore.'”
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.