Authorities say the OC’s lawyer died in an ‘unfortunate accident’

Authorities said initial reports indicated the death of an Orange County public defender who was vacationing at a Mexican tourist destination was an “unfortunate accident,” but the man’s family disputes the findings.

Elliott Blair, 33 years old Saturday died In Rosarito while celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Kim.

According to the Orange County Register, officials at the Baja California District Attorney’s Office said the autopsy report showed that Blair’s death appeared to be “the unfortunate accident of the now deceased falling from a third floor floor.”

The Register also reported that Mexican authorities investigating Blair’s death are in contact with the US Department of Justice and the FBI, who share information with Blair’s family.

Attempts to reach the Baja California Attorney General’s office on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

A State Department spokesperson said the agency is aware of reports that a US citizen has died in Rosarito, and stands ready to provide consular assistance. The agency declined to make further comments.

The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In an interview with The Register, David Scarson, an attorney hired by the Blair family, said the family questions the Mexican authorities’ report and plans to conduct a separate investigation.

“There are many unanswered questions,” Scarson said.

Scarson did not respond to requests for an interview Tuesday.

Details about the death were scarce, although A.J GoFundMe campaign To assist in the process of returning Blair’s body to the US – launched by Annie Rodriguez, who describes herself as a friend and colleague of the couple – called it a “brutal crime”. The publication is in Spanish BC news reported that a man of Blair’s description fell from a fourth-floor hotel room. Las Rocas Resort and Spa is located along the Tijuana-Ensenada Highway, in Rosarito.

Blair has been working in the public defender’s office since 2017, the year he passed the bar exam, and has handled criminal cases out of the Santa Ana office.

Orange County District Attorney Martin Schwartz told the record that Blair was a “devoted husband, an amazing person, and an amazing attorney who dedicated his life to serving his clients and helping the county’s most vulnerable.”

“He touched the lives of countless people, and his loss will be felt deeply by all who knew him,” Schwartz added. “We’ve been in touch with the family and doing what we can to support them through this difficult time, including working with local and federal officials to help provide them with answers.”

Schwarz declined to make additional comment on Tuesday.

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