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SD Sheriff To Re-examine Zahau's Cell Phone

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says it will re-examine the cell phone belonging to a woman who was found dead at her boyfriend's Coronado mansion.

Homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit tells the San Diego Union-Tribune Wednesday that Rebecca Zahau's cell phone had been searched manually, but will now be examined with a new Windows-based operating system that was not previously available.

Nesbit says the case is not being re-opened but if "something relevant" is found, that could be a possibility.


The sheriff's department determined that Zahau committed suicide by hanging herself in July at the home owned by her boyfriend, Arizona pharmaceutical executive Jonah Shacknai.

Authorities say Zahau killed herself two days after Shacknai's 6-year-old son accidentally fell while under her watch and died days later.

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