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By KJ Mullins     Sep 6, 2011 in World
Coronado - A message on the door led police to say that Rebecca Zahau, 32, had killed herself on July 13 just days after her boyfriend's son was hospitalized from injuries from a fall. That message and the ruling is now being questioned.
Rebecca Zahau was found at the Coronado, California home of her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, 54, just days after his son Max, 6, was injured. Zahua had been babysitting Max when he fell down the stairs, resulting in critical injuries. Max died on July 16 in hospital.
Jonah Shacknai is the founder of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation in Scottsdale, Arizona. The couple had been together for at least two years.
According to the police Zahau had hanged herself. An autopsy report found tape residue on her legs in addition to her being bound, gagged and a T-shirt wrapped around her mouth.
The family was told that while it would have been hard to carry out the suicide it was possible.
Zahua would have had to tie her hands, feet and neck with a rope prior to rolling off of the balcony at Shacknai's mansion.
The only other person at the home when Zahau died was Adam Shacknai. He is the one who cut down the rope that killed the woman before calling 9-1-1.
Police report that there was a message left on the bedroom door left behind.
"I noted black painted writings on the bedroom door that led into the room with the balcony," Gary wrote. "The writing 'She Saved Him Can You Save Her' in black paint was on the hallway side of the bedroom door," the report said reports CBS.
The Hollywood Gossip reports that black paint was found on Zahau's hands.
Her family thinks that Zahau was murdered saying that the evidence doesn't add up. One of her sisters, Mary Zahau-Loehner, 33, spoke to her on the day prior to her death and thought everything was alright.
It doesn't seem to add up for Pathologist Cyril Wecht either reports CBS News. According to his review of the autopsy there were head injuries that are unexplained.
"She has subgaleal hemorrhages; those are hemorrhages on the undersurface of the scalp. I see no reason why she should have those," Dr. Wecht said, according to the station. "You get those when your head strikes something or is struck by something."
On Friday the police announced that the case is closed and that Zahau's death has been ruled a suicide. The family has hired Seattle lawyer Anne Bremner and are requesting that the case be reopened.
"The single most important thing is there has never been a reported suicide of a female like this. Bound hands and feet. Gagged. A noose around her neck. Naked. Blood down her legs. A shirt wrapped three times around her neck. Tied to a bed with neat slip knots and square knots," Bremner wrote in an email message to ABCNews.com.
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