July 18th, 2011
CBS Los Angeles
Investigators on Friday were searching for clues surrounding the mysterious death of a woman at a beachfront mansion in one of Southern California’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
Rebecca Nalepa, 32, was found dead at the historic Spreckels mansion in Coronado, hanging from a balcony in the nude with her hands tied behind her back and her feet bound.
KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports officials are still figuring out how to proceed with the investigation.
“Because of the unique and bizarre circumstances of this incident, it has yet to be determined if this will become a criminal matter or remain as a death investigation,” said San Diego County sheriff’s Capt. Tim Curran.
Nalepa was the girlfriend of homeowner Jonah Shacknai, chairman and chief executive of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Curran said the body was discovered by Shacknai’s brother, Adam, who called 911 Wednesday morning to report that the woman appeared to be dead.
The brother was staying in a guesthouse at the Coronado mansion, but Shacknai was not home at the time the body was discovered.
On Monday, Jonah Shacknai’s 6-year-old son was hospitalized following an apparent accident.