Mexican Police: Texas Firefighter’s Death in Cancun Likely Accidental

People spend time on the coast of Cancun, Mexico, Saturday, June 13, 2020. An irony of the coronavirus pandemic is that the idyllic beach vacation in Mexico in the brochures really does exist now: the white sand beaches are sparkling clean and empty on the Caribbean coast. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz)
AP File Photo/Victor Ruiz

Mexican authorities claim the death of a Texas firefighter in the resort area of Cancun was likely accidental. The information contradicts claims made by the victim’s family who said it is likely that he was likely kidnapped and murdered.

The death of the Arlington, Texas, firefighter, Elijah Snow, occurred this week in the resort area of Cancun. Snow traveled to the Mexican resort to celebrate his ten-year anniversary with his wife. On their first day there, the couple went to a bar at a resort and then went to bed. On Monday morning, authorities found his body at another resort.

As Breitbart Texas reported, the victim’s family claimed that Snow had likely been kidnapped and murdered. He and his wife were at a bar in the resort area and went to bed. However, Snow reportedly went back to the bar and never returned. The victim’s family claimed that an attorney in Mexico provided them with photographs and other evidence that showed he had been severely beaten.

A prepared statement from the Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office claims investigators did not find any signs of violence at the place where Snow’s body was discovered. The theory provided by Mexico’s government revealed that Snow had asphyxiated while trying to enter a bathroom by climbing through a window, not being able to get a foothold, and becoming stuck.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at

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