A hotel manager in Mexico has revealed exactly where the body of Elijah Snow was found — but how, when and why he got there remain a mystery.
David Barcenas, general manager of the Sunset Royal Beach Club, told Daily Mail the victim's body was discovered on his property — not the neighboring Royalton Suites Cancun where Snow and his wife were staying.
He said a gardener arriving for work at 7 AM found the firefighter, dead, stuck in a tiny 2ft x 2ft window of a locked employee bathroom, in an outdoor theatre at the rear of the hotel.
From the outside, the window was barely 2ft off the ground; however it appeared the Texan had attempted to climb in backwards, but never found a foothold as he lowered himself in. He was discovered with his head, arms and upper torso hanging outside.
"His arms were out, dangling out," Barcenas said. "When the gardener talked to us, he said: 'We have a body, how did he arrive here?'"
"We called police, then closed around the area," he added.
Pictures obtained by the publication show yellow police tape surrounding the tiny opening; there are no cameras in the backstage area, and thus no surveillance footage to check.
"That's the big question – how did he get there?" Barcenas asked. "We don't know how he arrived there."
"I think he was walking in from the beach. We think he was drunk. I don't know if he was climbing in, went backwards? We have the same questions everyone has."
"I think it was a tragic accident," he added. "But we can't see what the police see. Police have all the real information."
As for when it happened, Barcenas believes it must have been after 10:30 PM, one hour after the theatre's final show, when the bars are forced to close for the local Covid curfew, and the stage bathroom would have been locked up for the night.
The big mystery is why; investigators will try to determine whether Snow became confused as to which was his hotel, but even that wouldn't explain why he was trying to access a tiny bathroom in a completely separate and rather run down building well away from the beachfront hotel itself. Nor would it explain why a firefighter of all people would attempt to climb blind into a hole through which he clearly didn't fit.
The investigation remains open, but police do not believe there was any foul play.
Having independently obtained crime scene photos, family members had alleged Snow was kidnapped and murdered, claiming there was evidence he'd been beaten all over his body — except for his face and head.
Snow meanwhile was laid to rest on Wednesday; his remains were met by an honor guard and water cannon salute at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, before being buried at his home town of Arlington.
He is survived by wife Jamie, and their two daughters Aubrey and Hannah.
original story 7/26/2021 10:45 AM
A Texas firefighter has been killed in Mexico — and three different explanations have been given for his death.
Elijah Snow was found dead at a hotel resort in Cancun last Monday, after the first night of his ten-year wedding anniversary trip with his wife.
Mexican authorities say he choked to death after getting caught while trying to climb in the bathroom window of a different hotel; however his family believe he was kidnapped and murdered.