California attorney Elliot Blair seen in photos taken hours before mysterious death in Mexico

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Show new photos Orange Country Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair — who died mysteriously on Monday during a one-year wedding anniversary in Mexico — danced for several hours before police say he fell from a balcony outside his hotel room, though his family believes otherwise.

According to Mexican website Patrol 646, 33-year-old Blair was drunk and fell to his death from a balcony on the fourth floor of Las Rocas Resort and Spa on the Rosarito beachthough his family denied that report, saying the tragic incident took place in an “open air hallway outside the front door of” the couple’s room.

Photos taken just hours before Blair died show him dancing in front of a band and laughing with his wife. Other photos show the newlywed couple dining out and enjoying the scenic view of the beach at what should have been a relaxing and romantic getaway that turned deadly for reasons the Blair family are still trying to pinpoint.

Attorney Case Barnett, who represents the Blair family, told TBEN News they received a call from the local coroner following the 33-year-old’s death saying his cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

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Orange County deputy public defender Elliot Blair dances at a resort in Mexico just hours before his death.
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  Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair and his wife dance on vacation in Mexico's Rosarito Beach.

Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair and his wife dance on vacation in Mexico’s Rosarito Beach.
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The coroner also said Blair’s case would be forwarded to the local district attorney’s office for a “possible murder investigation.”

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However, a Mexican detective on the scene had previously told Blair’s wife that he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Other photos show the newlywed couple dining out and enjoying the scenic view of the beach at what should have been a relaxing and romantic getaway that turned deadly for reasons the Blair family are still trying to pinpoint.

Other photos show the newlywed couple dining out and enjoying the scenic view of the beach at what should have been a relaxing and romantic getaway that turned deadly for reasons the Blair family are still trying to pinpoint.
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The family also received a press release from a Mexican prosecutor describing Blair’s death as an unfortunate accident, stating that the 33-year-old fell from the hotel’s balcony after ingesting a significant amount of alcohol.

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However, Blair’s family does not believe he was drunk and fell. They believe he was the victim of a brutal crime, according to Barnett.

The family of Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair does not believe he was drunk and fell to his death.

The family of Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair does not believe he was drunk and fell to his death.
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His wife and family are devastated by the conflicting information from Mexican authorities, Barnett said, as well as a lack of information from officials.

On the night of Blair’s death, his wife was asleep and apparently awoke to hear two employees talking through the open door of their hotel room. They repeatedly asked if Blair was her “boyfriend,” after which she woke up, went outside, looked over the walkway that police described as a balcony outside their room, and saw her husband lying on the floor, Barnett explained.

She then ran downstairs and started yelling at hotel employees to get an ambulance, but the employees said the ambulance was already on the scene and had left, Barnett said.

Elliot Blair's family attorney described the situation as confusing for Blair's wife, as it didn't seem like anyone was trying to help her husband.

Elliot Blair’s family attorney described the situation as confusing for Blair’s wife, as it didn’t seem like anyone was trying to help her husband.
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The family’s lawyer described the situation as confusing for Blair’s wife, as it didn’t seem like anyone was trying to help her husband.

The Blair family are conducting their own private investigation into the death of the 33-year-old lawyer.

TBEN News’ Elizabeth Pritchett and Matt Finn contributed to this report.