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Family of slain Arlington firefighter Elijah Snow sues Texas travel agency, Mexican resort


Mid-morning headlines from July 6, 2022

02:19

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The family members of slain Arlington firefighter Elijah Snow is suing the Mexican resort the place he was killed on July 19, 2021, alongside with a area travel agent. 

Elijah and his spouse Jamie Lynn Snow had been celebrating their 10 12 months anniversary at the Royalton Stylish Cancún Vacation resort & Spa when the father of two was allegedly kidnapped and killed. 

Jamie is trying to find extra than $1 million in the suit, introduced in opposition to Mansfield-dependent journey company Let us Go On Vacay, the Royalton Stylish Hotel Resort & Spa in Cancún, Blue Diamond Lodges and Resorts, Inc. and Sunwing Travel Team, a privately owned travel corporation headquartered in Toronto, Canada. 

Let us Go On Vacay delivered the Snows with lodges and resorts to decide on from in Cancún, in accordance to the match. They chose the Royalton Chic Hotel Resort & Spa. Blue Diamond Resorts owns the hotel in addition to far more than 45 other resorts positioned through different islands and nations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Blue Diamond Resorts is a subsidiary that is possibly wholly owned or managed by Sunwing.

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This photo was taken only hrs right before the father of two was discovered lifeless. 

Snow family


The incident occurred on the couple’s 1st night the all-inclusive vacation resort on the beachfront strip of resorts in a common, Cancún tourist place.

According to the fit, the Snows arrived early at the resort ahead of their home was ready. The entrance desk gave them some bracelets, which they could use to get drinks. It was 10 a.m. They went to the pool and socialized with other travelers, several of whom have been from Texas. 

According to the accommodate, “As the working day wore on, resort bartenders poured, served and inspired most company to eat really hard liquor shots that were being handed out at will devoid of regard to visitor safety. In quite a few situations, the hotel bartender not only served these pictures but inspired the patrons to grow to be extremely intoxicated.”

At 4 p.m., the Snows have been given accessibility to their place. They went inside of, adjusted and returned to the pool bar. “All over again, the Snows ongoing to consume alcoholic drinks furnished by the very same bar that experienced been serving them given that 10 a.m. that morning,” the suit alleges. 

At all-around 7 p.m. the Snows went again to their space and improved dresses for a meal reservation at the resort’s Japanese-themed cafe. When at supper, the Snows were served a bottle of Japanese sake. This was the only alcoholic beverage billed to the Snows hotel invoice or tracked as owning been consumed by the few, in accordance to the fit. Soon after dinner, the Snows walked to a martini bar found on the same floor wherever they every single purchased a martini. Shortly thereafter, they moved to the Lobby Bar exactly where they were being once again served alcoholic drinks. 

At 8:40 p.m., Jamie advised Elijah that she was exhausted from the early early morning journey and was heading to head up to their resort place. Elijah mentioned that he was going to end his consume and then return to their home. This was not strange, as he was applied to lengthy several hours doing the job as a firefighter. But Jamie was exhausted from the extensive working day of vacation, according to the fit. She took an elevator up to their room and went to slumber. 

The vacation resort has various surveillance cameras situated all over, in accordance to the go well with. Cameras are plainly obvious at the entrances and exits of the hotel and all through the widespread places of the hotel. Nevertheless, a lot of of the protection cameras weren’t working or in good purchase that night. 

Months just after Elijah’s demise, camera footage was received soon after multiple aggravating requests facilitated by the United States Consulate’s Workplace.

Minutes soon after Jamie still left the bar, video footage clearly reveals Elijah getting into the elevator that Jamie experienced just entered into an elevator carriage seconds ahead of. It allegedly demonstrates Elijah, who appears to be intoxicated, stumbling as a result of the elevator bank urgent the elevator get in touch with buttons. With no speedy response from the elevator, he then walks to the opposite conclusion of the elevator bank and commences ascending a round stairwell inside of the entrance of the hotel.

This is the past movie surveillance in which Elijah is observed alive, in accordance to the fit. 

No other online video of Elijah was discovered or offered to the Cancun Law enforcement Division, the Mexican Legal professional General’s Business office, the United State Consulate’s Workplace or, to his now widow, Jamie, the accommodate alleges. Nor was any footage provided demonstrating Elijah leaving the residence or strolling through the foyer areas of the hotel.  

Jaime went to slumber that night time, only to wake up at 3:30 a.m. and find her spouse hadn’t returned to their place.

From 5 a.m. to 10 in the morning, Jamie repeatedly notified resort team via WhatsApp that she could not uncover her husband. She communicated with resort employees, continuously asking them to contact the law enforcement or authorities to assist locate Elijah.  

His physique was found stuffed into a smaller window in a secluded section of the Sunset Royal Beach front, up coming to the vacation resort. Elijah’s torso and arms ended up hanging out of the compact opening and his toes were dangling within a bathroom.

Mexican officers in the beginning ruled Elijah’s loss of life an incident. 

A subsequent autopsy carried out by Mexican Directorate of Expert Companies showed Elijah was presently lifeless when Jaime started out seeking for him, putting his time of loss of life at 5 a.m. that early morning.