Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The "Dr. Phil'' television show is paying to exhume the body of woman who died at historic Coronado mansion so it can be tested for further evidence.
Rebecca Zahau's body will be exhumed from her grave in Missouri and tested for further evidence of foul play, and her family will appear on the
"Dr. Phil'' show in November, according to celebrity news website RadarOnline.com.
After a seven-week investigation, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and other agencies concluded Zahau, 32, committed suicide. Her family has refused to accept the finding, saying Zahau was a religious woman who viewed suicide a sin.
Zahau's nude body was found hanging from a balcony at the Spreckels mansion on July 13. The mansion is owned by Arizona millionaire Jonah Shacknai, founder and chief executive officer of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. Shacknai and Zahau were boyfriend and girlfriend.
Authorities have speculated that Zahau committed suicide because she was distraught over an accident that occurred two days earlier. On July 11, Zahau was caring for Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max, when he took a fatal fall over a second-story railing.
Last month, Shacknai asked the state Attorney General's Office to review the sheriff's department's investigation into both his son's and girlfriend's deaths. Shacknai said he accepted the findings of the local investigation but wanted a state review to lay to rest any speculation.
His request was denied because the California Department of Justice reviews local investigations under very narrow circumstances, such as when a clear conflict exist or if a local agency asks for assistance.