Coronado, Calif. – After Monday reports that Dr. Phil McGraw’s talk show would pay to have the body of Rebecca Zahau exhumed for further investigation, the woman’s family announced Tuesday, the TV personality is not actually paying for the entire exhumation.
Rebecca’s family told media that McGraw has made a donation to help pay to exhume her body, however the family is putting up most of the money for the task from a donation fund.
On July 13, Rebecca, 32, was found hanging nude from a balcony at the Spreckels mansion, which is owned by her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai, a pharmaceutical CEO. She had a red rope wrapped around her neck, was reportedly gagged with a t-shirt that was draped on the noose around her neck and her hands and feet were bound. Rebecca’s autopsy also indicated she had tape residue on her legs.
Just days before, on July 11, Max Shacknai, 6, Jonah’s son, while in Rebecca’s care tripped and rolled over a balcony at the home and grabbed a chandelier as he fell.
To read the official Sheriff’s investigation report into the deaths of Max and Rebecca, click here.
Authorities ruled that Rebecca committed suicide, surmising she was prompted to do so after hearing a voice mail indicating Max was about to succumb to his injuries, which he did on July 16. Nonetheless, her family does not believe Rebecca took her own life and are fighting to have the case reopened.
To read about Rebecca’s cell phone log from the night she died, click here.
Renowned forensic expert Dr. Cyril Wecht has agreed to perform a second independent autopsy on Rebecca.
Mary Zahau-Loehner, Rebecca’s sister, released the following statement regarding the exhumation and how donations can be made to assist with the process:
I want to thank for all the support and donation we have received. Due to the generosity of the public, we will be able to proceed with exhumation of Becky to find the truth of her death. Dr Wecht has been kind and generous to help us with an independent autopsy.
We would appreciate further donations and support in anyway. The venture of Justice for Rebecca is going to be long and challenging. This is only the beginning of that journey and it is possible due to the tremendous support and generosity of the public, experts, news media, and our attorney Anne Bremnar.
Donation is accepted at www.RebeccaZahauFund.com.
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