Sheriff gives new details in Calif. mansion death

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 10:03 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego authorities have released new details about the death of a woman found hanging naked and bound at a historic California mansion.

Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas says Tuesday that a handful of minor injuries were found, but adds in a statement that Rebecca Zahau's death is still being ruled a suicide.

Among the injuries to the 32-year-old were relatively minor bruises on the right side of Zahau's scalp. Also, a T-shirt wrapped around her neck had been stuffed in her mouth.

Lucas says blood found on Zahau's inner thighs was her own and there was no genital trauma.

Zahau lived in a waterfront estate known as the Spreckels mansion with boyfriend Jonah Shacknai, founder and chief executive of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

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