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

Mid-morning headlines from July 6, 2022


TARRANT COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The spouse and children of slain Arlington firefighter Elijah Snow is suing the Mexican resort where by he was killed on July 19, 2021, together with a neighborhood travel agent. 

Elijah and his spouse Jamie Lynn Snow were celebrating their 10 year anniversary at the Royalton Stylish Cancún Resort & Spa when the father of two was allegedly kidnapped and killed. 

Jamie is looking for additional than $1 million in the suit, brought from Mansfield-dependent vacation agency Let us Go On Vacay, the Royalton Stylish Resort Resort & Spa in Cancún, Blue Diamond Resorts and Resorts, Inc. and Sunwing Vacation Team, a privately owned vacation enterprise headquartered in Toronto, Canada. 

Let’s Go On Vacay offered the Snows with inns and resorts to pick from in Cancún, in accordance to the accommodate. They chose the Royalton Stylish Lodge Resort & Spa. Blue Diamond Resorts owns the resort in addition to much more than 45 other resorts positioned in the course of many islands and international locations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Blue Diamond Resorts is a subsidiary that is either wholly owned or managed by Sunwing.

This photograph was taken only several hours right before the father of two was found lifeless. 

Snow family

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

In accordance to the suit, the Snows arrived early at the vacation resort ahead of their place was completely ready. The front desk gave them some bracelets, which they could use to get beverages. It was 10 a.m. They went to the pool and socialized with other holidaymakers, numerous of whom ended up from Texas. 

In accordance to the suit, “As the day wore on, lodge bartenders poured, served and inspired most company to consume really hard liquor pictures that had been handed out at will without regard to guest basic safety. In a lot of circumstances, the resort bartender not only served these shots but encouraged the patrons to become very intoxicated.”

At 4 p.m., the Snows were presented obtain to their place. They went inside of, altered and returned to the pool bar. “Once more, the Snows continued to consume alcoholic drinks delivered by the exact bar that had been serving them given that 10 a.m. that morning,” the accommodate alleges. 

At all-around 7 p.m. the Snows went back again to their home and changed outfits for a supper reservation at the resort’s Japanese-themed cafe. Even though at meal, the Snows were served a bottle of Japanese sake. This was the only alcoholic beverage billed to the Snows hotel monthly bill or tracked as obtaining been eaten by the few, in accordance to the match. Following dinner, the Snows walked to a martini bar positioned on the exact floor the place they each individual ordered a martini. Soon thereafter, they moved to the Lobby Bar the place they were being all over again served alcoholic drinks. 

At 8:40 p.m., Jamie explained to Elijah that she was weary from the early morning vacation and was heading to head up to their lodge place. Elijah reported that he was heading to finish his consume and then return to their area. This was not unconventional, as he was made use of to extensive several hours doing the job as a firefighter. But Jamie was exhausted from the long working day of journey, in accordance to the suit. She took an elevator up to their space and went to sleep. 

The vacation resort has quite a few surveillance cameras found in the course of, according to the go well with. Cameras are plainly obvious at the entrances and exits of the lodge and all through the common parts of the resort. On the other hand, numerous of the security cameras were not working or in suitable buy that evening. 

Months following Elijah’s dying, camera footage was attained following multiple disheartening requests facilitated by the United States Consulate’s Place of work.

Minutes just after Jamie remaining the bar, movie footage plainly displays Elijah getting into the elevator that Jamie experienced just entered into an elevator carriage seconds ahead of. It allegedly exhibits Elijah, who appears to be intoxicated, stumbling by the elevator bank urgent the elevator simply call buttons. With no instant reaction from the elevator, he then walks to the reverse conclusion of the elevator bank and starts ascending a circular stairwell within the entrance of the hotel.

This is the previous movie surveillance in which Elijah is found alive, in accordance to the go well with. 

No other video clip of Elijah was found or furnished to the Cancun Police Section, the Mexican Legal professional General’s Office, the United State Consulate’s Place of work or, to his now widow, Jamie, the go well with alleges. Nor was any footage delivered demonstrating Elijah leaving the home or walking via the foyer places of the resort.  

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

From 5 a.m. to 10 in the morning, Jamie regularly notified resort workers through WhatsApp that she could not come across her spouse. She communicated with hotel personnel, repeatedly inquiring them to make contact with the police or authorities to assistance locate Elijah.  

His overall body was found stuffed into a little window in a secluded portion of the Sunset Royal Seashore, future to the resort. Elijah’s torso and arms have been hanging out of the compact opening and his feet ended up dangling inside of a rest room.

Mexican officers initially dominated Elijah’s demise an incident. 

A subsequent autopsy done by Mexican Directorate of Pro Expert services showed Elijah was previously dead when Jaime started off seeking for him, inserting his time of dying at 5 a.m. that early morning.