Texan firefighter Elijah Snow was found dead in Cancun, Mexico on Monday
The Texas firefighter who was found dead in Cancun while on vacation to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary died of “mechanical asphyxiation,” Mexican authorities have found.
Elijah Snow, 35, became trapped when he tried to enter the window of a bathroom at a resort about 10 miles from the resort where he was staying with his wife, Mexican investigators concluded.
While Mexican officials insist there are no signs of malicious intent, relatives of the Arlington firefighter suspect he may have died following a possible kidnapping.
The night of his death, Snow and his wife had been drinking together at the bar at the resort they were staying at, family friends said. KXAS TV.
Snow’s wife Jamie decided to go back to their room while he stayed behind, and the woman became concerned when she woke up at 4 a.m. and realized he wasn’t there, the friends said.
Snow, a firefighter for eight years and father of two young children, stayed with his wife at the all-inclusive Cancun hotel to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
Snow, a father of two, became trapped when he tried to enter a bathroom window at a resort about 10 miles from the resort where he was staying with his wife, investigators said.
The couple would have stayed in the hotel zone of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico Mexico
Local officials say his body was found in a hotel other than where he was staying
A family friend posted about Elijah Snow’s death on Facebook
Authorities from the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that Snow died of mechanical asphyxiation due to thoracic-abdominal compression.
The office said Snow was trapped in a window when he tried to enter a bathroom window and was unable to place his feet on the floor, leaving him with no fulcrum to free himself from the window.
“The circumstances under which the events occurred are under investigation,” officials wrote in a social media post from the office of the state’s Attorney General for Quintana Roo, Fiscalía General Quintana Roo.
Snow’s body was “in a bathroom window” at a hotel, but it wasn’t the resort Snow had stayed at, but about half an hour’s drive, or 10 miles, from Cancun’s beach hotels.
Elijah Snow and his wife Jamie were on vacation for their 10-year wedding anniversary
To add to the confusion, Snow’s wife, Jamie Snow, was told that her husband had indeed died after falling over a wall while they were staying at the Cancun resort where they were staying, but the family does not believe the statement.
A local lawyer managed to find crime scene photos that suggest Snow was in fact beaten to death, according to KTVT.
The couple had celebrated their 10-year anniversary, but Snow was found dead after just one night of the holiday. The name of the resort has not been released by authorities so far.
The pair are said to have enjoyed a few drinks at the hotel bar before deciding to go back to their room, after which Snow stopped and went back to the bar, while his wife went to their room to sleep.
Jamie Snow woke up around 4am and went looking for her husband when he hadn’t returned, only to be told he had been found dead after having “fallen between the walls of the neighboring resort”.
After the couple went to a resort bar for a drink, Elijah went back to a bar. Jamie started looking for him around 4am and was told he had been found dead at 8:30am that morning
Colleague Xavier Flores posted on Facebook about Arlington, Texas Firefighter Elijah Snow with photos of his body being brought home
Elijah Snow’s father-in-law, Randy Elledge, said it appeared Snow had been beaten and possibly suffocated.
“You’re supposed to be safe there,” Elledge said. “You’re at your resort, all-inclusive, and don’t plan to leave, so you’re safe. And you’re not safe there.’
Snow was a firefighter in Arlington, Texas, and had worked for the fire service for eight years.
His father Ronny was also an Arlington firefighter who died on duty in 1985, the same year Snow was born.
Snow’s remains were returned from Cancun to North Texas on Friday, where they were met by a guard of honor and water cannons at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. His funeral will be Tuesday in Arlington.
He leaves behind his wife Jamie, daughters Aubrey and Hannah.