DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The family of Arlington firefighter Elijah Snow, found dead in Mexico this week, returned safe and sound to north Texas on Friday.
The American Airlines plane carrying them received a water cannon salute from fire trucks at DFW Airport upon arrival. A fire brigade guard of honor lined the arrival area of Terminal D to greet Snow’s wife Jaime, family and close friends.
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The attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, told CBS 11 News that a multi-faceted investigation has been opened into Snow’s death. Their initial investigation did not reveal any evidence of his kidnapping, according to Oscar Montes De Oca. However, investigators are in the early stages, he said, and were still awaiting details of the tests, including an autopsy.
The @FGEQuintanaRoo informed that inició carpeta de investigación en relación al deceso of a masculino originario de Texas in el municipio de Benito Juárez. Se investigan las circunstancias en las que ocurrieron los hechos. El cuerpo fue localizado en una ventana de un baño (1/2)
– Fiscalía General QR (@FGEQuintanaRoo) July 23, 2021
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A Twitter post from Montes De Oca’s office on Thursday evening said the body was found in a bathroom window. The message did not state exactly where Snow had been found, only that it was not at the hotel where the couple were staying.
Relatives of Snow said they obtained photos and evidence with the help of a local lawyer who appeared to show Snow was trying to escape from where he was and was beaten.
Kevin Kolbye, a former federal investigator with experience in Mexican criminal cases, told CBS 11 News that gathering the facts in these cases can be difficult, but the publicity surrounding the Snow case could be beneficial.
“The amount of pressure exerted on Mexican officials by the advertising will likely strengthen their resolve to solve this particular crime,” Kolbye said. “Most government officials do not want to publicize any type of criminal activity against US citizens or foreign nationals who visit these places.”
The family could eventually learn the truth about what happened, but arrests and prosecution are unlikely, he said. A safe return with the leftovers would be the best case.
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Snow’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Arlington.