A Texas firefighter was found dead in a hotel bathroom window in Cancun, Mexico this week, officials said.
Solicitors for the Mexican State of Quintana Roo launched an investigation on the circumstances that led to the man’s death on Thursday. So far, investigators have found no sign of violence at the scene, saying “it could be an accident,” authorities added on Friday.
Elijah Snow, who had been a firefighter in the city of Arlington for eight years, had traveled to the popular tourist destination with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary, friends told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
Snow and his wife had been drinking in a hotel bar. Later that night, she decided to return to their room, but Snow stayed, according to the news channel. His wife then woke up around 4 a.m. and realized he was not there. It was then that she started looking for him.
Mexican authorities have said Snow died of mechanical asphyxiation after being trapped crawling in the bathroom window of a hotel in the municipality of Benito Juarez. The hotel where Snow’s body was found is different from the one where he was staying with his wife.
In their statement, Mexican authorities did not name the hotels or explain how Snow could have navigated them.
It’s still unclear why Snow left the hotel he was staying at or who may have been with him.
Snow’s remains were brought back from Cancun to North Texas on Friday, just in time for his funeral Tuesday in Arlington.
The Arlington Professional Firefighters Association told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth that Snow was an appliance operator and “an outstanding firefighter and dedicated public servant.” Snow was also the son of Arlington firefighter Ronny Snow, who died in the line of duty in 1985, they added.
“The firefighters will take all necessary measures to ensure that Elijah’s family is properly supported throughout this difficult time,” the association said. “Our prayers go out to his family. “
Snow is survived by his wife and two young children.