‘Several inconsistencies’ show ‘more than meets the eye’ in death of CA public defender in Mexico: expert

The family of a Southern California lawyer who died mysteriously while on vacation in Mexico last week has rejected conflicting explanations given by Mexican authorities, and a medical expert told Fox News Digital that there are several related inconsistencies with the government’s version of events.

Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair, 33, was celebrating his first wedding anniversary at Las Rocas Resort and Spa in Rosarito Beach with his wife, Kim, when he died. Authorities have said the death was an accidental fall, that the family disputessaying the tragic incident took place on an “outdoor walkway” and that they believe he was the victim of a “brutal crime.”

“There are several inconsistencies in the preliminary reports that immediately suggest there is more to it than meets the eye,” said body performance and injury expert Dr. Rami Hashish told Fox News Digital on Friday.

Hashish cited reports that Blair suffered a forehead injury inconsistent with a fall and said that raises two important questions that remain unanswered.

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Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair was "tragically killed" while vacationing in Rosarito, Mexico, on Saturday, her family says.

Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair died “tragically” while on vacation in Rosarito, Mexico, on Saturday, according to his family.
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“Given his height, the height of the balcony, and the fact that he was reportedly not intoxicated, how did his body go vertically over the edge of the balcony? If indeed he fell from independently, why didn’t he contort his body to limit the impact to his head and maximize his chances of survival?”

Earlier this week, the Reported from the Orange County Register that Mexican authorities suggested Blair fell from the balcony while trying to get the pigeons off the ledge, which the family disputed and which Hashish said seems unlikely under the circumstances.

“It’s very unlikely that someone will lose their balance when they’re simply throwing away pigeons,” Hashish said. “But what’s even more unlikely is someone losing their balance and then falling over the edge of a balcony.”

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Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair was with his wife on vacation in Mexico for their first year of marriage when he died.

Orange County Deputy Public Defender Elliot Blair was with his wife on vacation in Mexico for their first year of marriage when he died.
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“To fall off a balcony,” explained Hashish. “Mr Blair’s center of gravity had to go over the highest edge of the balcony. As humans, our center of gravity is about an inch below our navel. And of course, when we lose our balance, like example during a slip or trip, we fall down.

“So how exactly did Mr Blair lose his balance but his navel was still over the edge of the balcony? And how did he lose his balance in such an aggressive way that he was unable to react to avoid fall. – for example, taking part of the balcony?”

Blair’s family says he was found in underwear, a nightgown and socks, and that he was not intoxicated.

Blair’s wife, Kimberly Williams, returned with Blair to the hotel room around midnight after going to dinner. Williams is said to have fallen asleep while Blair was showering and was awakened at 1:40 a.m. by hotel employees who asked about Blair, at which point the body was discovered under the balcony, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The family also said they were unable to conduct their own toxicology investigation because Blair’s body was embalmed against her will following an order from prosecutors. A Mexican official denied that anything had been done to the body against the family’s wishes.

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Hashish, the founder of the National Institute of Biomechanics, told Fox News Digital that he has consulted a lawyer for the family who also concluded that the story of Mexican officials does not add up. Hashish noted that healthy men like Blair can usually survive three-story falls.

“Healthy young adults, like Mr. Blair, can survive an independent three-story fall,” Hashish said. “However, if they are unconscious, or if there is an external force, such as when they are thrown or pushed, not only are they less able to react and protect their body on impact, but they also impact the land with greater strength.”

The conflicting information from Mexico became even murkier this week when Blair’s family said Mexican authorities claimed Blair had suffered a gunshot wound. the New York Post reported.

A Mexican official has since denied the existence of a gunshot wound, the Los Angeles Times reported, saying “there was no sign of violence.”

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California Public Defender Elliot Blair and his wife, Kim, smile in a photo on a GoFundMe page.

California Public Defender Elliot Blair and his wife, Kim, smile in a photo on a GoFundMe page.
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“Preliminary evidence suggests that if Mr Blair was not intoxicated, then his fall from the balcony was probably not independent in nature,” Hashish said. “Of course, given the evidence surrounding the case, this may suggest that there was something nefarious that led to his downfall and eventual death. The recent revelations, in which Mrs Blair’s wife reported that her husband was shot in the head certainly qualifies as such.”

The U.S. State Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that it is aware of Blair’s death in Baja California, Mexico, and is ready to “render all appropriate consular assistance,” but had no further comment “for respect to the family during this difficult time.”

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Blair’s family said they would hire a private investigative firm and an independent forensic pathologist. They also said they would do their own toxicology analysis.

“Due to the insufficiency of the investigation, the family feels compelled to conduct their own private investigation in search of the truth,” the family said in a statement.

Hashish told Fox News Digital that in his experience as an expert witness on “countless occasions,” it’s not unusual to see variations in stories due to a “lapse of memory” or “misunderstandings of the questions being asked “, but they can also be the result of a “misrepresentation of the facts” and that “a cover-up is certainly a possibility”.

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As of Friday afternoon, more than $113,000 had been donated to a GoFundMe page aimed at helping his wife “with the arduous process of transporting Elliot’s body from Mexico to the U.S. and dealing with all the bureaucracy”.

Michael Ruiz and Elizabeth Pritchett of Fox News contributed to this report.

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