St. Joseph, Mo. – According to Mary Zahau-Loehner, police have ruled her sister Rebecca Zahau’s Coronado, Calif. Spreckels mansion death a suicide. This comes just one day before authorities are set to hold a news conference to officially announce their findings.
Despite the stance of law enforcement, Zahau-Loehner does not agree her sister took her own life telling CBS 8 she spoke to Rebecca the night before she died and she gave no indication of being suicidal.
On July 11, 2011, Max Shacknai, 6, fell down the stairs at the mansion owned by his father, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai. Then, only days later, Rebecca – Jonah’s girlfriend – was found hanging nude from one of the home’s balconies with a rope wrapped around her neck – her hands and feet bound.
While in the hospital, little Max succumb to his injuries and died shortly after Zahau’s demise.
Last week, media reports quoted sources saying Rebecca felt guilty about Max’s accident because he took the eventually fatal tumble while under her care, thus prompting her to commit suicide.
Authorities spoke with Zahau-Loehner at her St. Joseph, Mo. home on Thursday night prior to a news conference about their findings to take place the next day.
To watch a video report regarding the case, click here.
Another of Rebecca’s sisters, Snowem Horwath, also refuses to believe she took her own life and told RadarOnline.com Rebecca was murdered.
“Becky did not kill herself, someone killed her,” she told the online tabloid. “Time will reveal who killed Becky. I think I know who killed my sister. We are not stupid, she never had any enemies.”
She said she received an email from Rebecca shortly after Max’s accident, which read, “Thanks so much snow… we r all very hopeful. Little max is still in ICU but has been stable all night which is a good sign. Please keep praying… please also pray for Jonah for strength. It might not be a good idea to call me because I am in and out of the hospital and not sure if I will be picking up phne. Lets keep in touch via email. love u.”
Horwath told Radar, “Our faith is so strong, she wouldn’t have done that. How could she tie her arms and her feet together? She would never have wanted people to find her naked. She would never do this.”
Sheriff Bill Gore, and representatives from the coroner’s office, the sheriff’s crime lab, homicide detail and the Coronado Police Department are to attend Friday’s news conference, which is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m.
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