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

Mid-early morning headlines from July 6, 2022


TARRANT COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The household of slain Arlington firefighter Elijah Snow is suing the Mexican vacation resort wherever he was killed on July 19, 2021, together with a nearby vacation agent. 

Elijah and his wife Jamie Lynn Snow had been celebrating their 10 year anniversary at the Royalton Chic Cancún Resort & Spa when the father of two was allegedly kidnapped and killed. 

Jamie is searching for a lot more than $1 million in the match, brought versus Mansfield-based mostly vacation company Let’s Go On Vacay, the Royalton Chic Lodge Resort & Spa in Cancún, Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts, Inc. and Sunwing Travel Group, a privately owned journey organization headquartered in Toronto, Canada. 

Let’s Go On Vacay supplied the Snows with resorts and resorts to pick from in Cancún, according to the match. They chose the Royalton Chic Resort Resort & Spa. Blue Diamond Resorts owns the hotel in addition to much more than 45 other resorts located all over many islands and nations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Blue Diamond Resorts is a subsidiary that is either wholly owned or controlled by Sunwing.

This image was taken only several hours in advance of the father of two was uncovered dead. 

Snow relatives

The incident occurred on the couple’s initial night time the all-inclusive resort on the beachfront strip of accommodations in a well known, Cancún vacationer location.

In accordance to the match, the Snows arrived early at the vacation resort prior to their area was ready. The front 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 vacationers, several of whom were being from Texas. 

According to the suit, “As the working day wore on, lodge bartenders poured, served and encouraged most attendees to take in really hard liquor shots that had been handed out at will devoid of regard to visitor safety. In lots of scenarios, the resort bartender not only served these pictures but encouraged the patrons to turn out to be exceptionally intoxicated.”

At 4 p.m., the Snows had been presented obtain to their place. They went within, improved and returned to the pool bar. “Once more, the Snows ongoing to consume alcoholic beverages provided by the identical bar that experienced been serving them considering that 10 a.m. that early morning,” the suit alleges. 

At about 7 p.m. the Snows went back again to their room and altered dresses for a meal reservation at the resort’s Japanese-themed restaurant. While at meal, the Snows had been served a bottle of Japanese sake. This was the only alcoholic beverage billed to the Snows hotel invoice or tracked as having been eaten by the pair, in accordance to the suit. Soon after meal, the Snows walked to a martini bar located on the same floor wherever they each individual purchased a martini. Soon thereafter, they moved to the Lobby Bar where they have been again served alcoholic beverages. 

At 8:40 p.m., Jamie instructed Elijah that she was tired from the early early morning vacation and was heading to head up to their lodge area. Elijah stated that he was likely to complete his consume and then return to their home. This wasn’t uncommon, as he was used to lengthy hrs doing the job as a firefighter. But Jamie was fatigued from the extended day of vacation, in accordance to the accommodate. She took an elevator up to their home and went to slumber. 

The vacation resort has several surveillance cameras found in the course of, according to the suit. Cameras are plainly obvious at the entrances and exits of the resort and during the popular spots of the hotel. However, lots of of the security cameras weren’t performing or in correct buy that night. 

Months immediately after Elijah’s demise, digital camera footage was received following numerous annoying requests facilitated by the United States Consulate’s Place of work.

Minutes immediately after Jamie left the bar, video footage evidently shows Elijah entering the elevator that Jamie experienced just entered into an elevator carriage seconds prior to. It allegedly displays Elijah, who seems to be intoxicated, stumbling via the elevator financial institution urgent the elevator simply call buttons. With no speedy reaction from the elevator, he then walks to the reverse close of the elevator bank and commences ascending a circular stairwell inside the entrance of the hotel.

This is the final online video surveillance in which Elijah is found alive, in accordance to the suit. 

No other video of Elijah was discovered or presented to the Cancun Police Division, the Mexican Lawyer General’s Business, the United Condition Consulate’s Business or, to his now widow, Jamie, the match alleges. Nor was any footage furnished exhibiting Elijah leaving the property or walking by the lobby locations of the resort.  

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

From 5 a.m. to ten in the early morning, Jamie frequently notified resort workers by using WhatsApp that she could not uncover her partner. She communicated with lodge workforce, continuously inquiring them to contact the police or authorities to assistance find Elijah.  

His system was found stuffed into a modest window in a secluded area of the Sunset Royal Seashore, next to the vacation resort. Elijah’s torso and arms were being hanging out of the compact opening and his ft were dangling inside a toilet.

Mexican officials initially ruled Elijah’s dying an accident. 

A subsequent autopsy performed by Mexican Directorate of Qualified Services confirmed Elijah was previously dead when Jaime begun searching for him, inserting his time of death at 5 a.m. that early morning.