Victim's sister says investigators believe Coronado death was suicide

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by Associated Press & Jared Dillingham

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Posted on September 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 2 at 2:06 PM

SAN DIEGO - Calif. - Law enforcement officials from San Diego County and the City of Coronado will release the complete findings of their investigations into the mysterious deaths of Max Shacknai and Rebecca Zahau on Friday.

Zahau was the 32-year-old girlfriend of Scottsdale pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.  Shacknai's brother found Zahau naked, bound, and hanging from a courtyard balcony at the family's Coronado beachfront mansion in July.

Days before Zahau's death, Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max, suffered a fatal fall down the stairs of the mansion.

Investigators called Max' death a 'tragic accident,' but they have not said publicly whether Zahau committed suicide or was murdered.

Friday, the San Diego Sheriff's office will convene a panel of homicide detectives, forensics experts, the medical examiner, and others, to discuss the findings of their investigations.

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