SAN DIEGO -- Authorities Monday announced plans to reopen a long-closed investigation into a woman's lurid and mysterious death at a historic Coronado mansion, a fatality officially ruled a suicide but deemed by a civil jury this month to have resulted from an assault.
In a prepared statement released late Monday afternoon, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department described plans to revisit the death of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, whose nude and bound body was found on a lawn behind the 27-room Ocean Boulevard manor early on the morning of July 13, 2011.
"After a productive conversation with the (Zahau) family's attorney, Keith Greer, Sheriff Bill Gore determined that, while no new evidence (has been) presented, new analysis of existing evidence was presented in the recently concluded civil trial," the statement asserts.
Rejecting that finding, Zahau's mother, Pari Zahau, and older sister, Mary Zahau-Loehner, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Adam Shacknai in 2013, claiming he confronted and battered Zahau the day after his nephew suffered the fatal fall.
In San Diego County, the Medical Examiner's Office is an independent entity and separate from the Sheriff's Department."