Medicis Executive Jonah Shacknai Was Not Home at Time of Girlfriend's "Bizarre" Death, San Diego Police Say

Categories: News
shacknai.jpg
Medicis
Jonah Shacknai
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's homicide unit is investigating the "bizarre" death of the girlfriend of a Scottsdale business executive at his Coronado, California mansion yesterday. However, the SDSD says, pharmaceutical tycoon Jonah Shacknai was not at the home when the woman died.

Just before 7 a.m. yesterday, police received a call that a woman was possibly dead at Shacknai's home. The body of 32-year-old Rebecca Nalepa -- Shacknai's girlfriend -- was later found in the courtyard of the historic Coronado mansion with a rope around her neck, and hanging from a balcony.

Aerial video taken above the home showed Nalepa's naked body lying on her back.  Her feet and wrists appeared to be bound.

Police aren't releasing much information about the death and wouldn't tell New Times who called 9-1-1.

Shacknai has been the chairman and chief executive officer of the Scottsdale based Medicis pharmaceutical company since 1988.

Medicis sells the acne drug Solodyn and cosmetic products like Restylane and the botulinum toxin Dysport, a Botox competitor.

"The Medicis family is deeply saddened to learn of a tragic incident at a California property owned by Jonah Shacknai," the company says in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Jonah and his family and (we) ask that the family's privacy be respected during this difficult period. At this time, the company has no further comment."

The SDSD tells New Times more information about the death investigation will be available later today.


My Voice Nation Help
18 comments
coffeecake
coffeecake

Was Jonah at the hospital 24/7 with his son?  Where was Dina? 

matt
matt

if i saw a nuce body dead and bound liek that, I'd call 911 instead of cutting the ropes and messing with evidence.  Surely the house will be severely haunted now!

Jonathan Mercer
Jonathan Mercer

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, RawCent. c0m

crj
crj

Obviously it was the ex-wife in revenge for the kid...

coffeecake
coffeecake

I share the same sentiments.  If she did it, she is going to get her just desserts and pretty soon.

Iamat55
Iamat55

Most people don't wait around at the scene after they killed someone.

Iamat55
Iamat55

It's pretty stupid to think that a person could tie their own hands behind their back and then be able to hang themselves or vice versa.

coffeecake
coffeecake

They must think the rest of the world are thick in the head to accept that it may be suicide.  Only a magician can pull off such a feat.  Rebecca was murdered and the rest of the world needs to find out by whom.  Where is Adam, Jonah, Dina and Neil?  Although she has been living for two years with Jonah, Rebecca's divorce was only finalized in May.  But then again looking at what hapened makes me think that Rebecca's death was revenge killing.

Roro
Roro

There was a joke/social commentary going around back in the early '60s about how a black man was found in rural Alabama with his hands tied and 18 bullets in his back. The local sheriff said that it was the messiest suicide he'd ever seen.

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

He was there to cut her down... I think we need to know a little more.  Nice reporting, by the way.  Regurgitating what SDSD sent out in a presser.  Nice.

AZGregory
AZGregory

You are wrong on your facts. He was not there to cut her down. That was done by his brother Alan who was staying in a guesthouse on the property. The first press reports said her death was suspicious but made it sound like the owner, her boyfriend would obviously be a suspect. If you read other press reports from LA Times, etc. you will see he and his ex-wife were at the hospital at the bedside of their injured 6 year old son who is in a coma. So it is certainly news that needs to be reported that Jonah Shacknai was not at the residence, even if little details are known. It is a bizarre story and the brother's role may be in question but you are off-base on your criticism.

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

I guess we'll have to wait and see.  Some of the statements will probably change in the next couple of days.  

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

That doesn't change the fact that King is lazy.  If he keeps it up, he'll be on par with JJ Hensley.

Guest
Guest

You must not read the AP Republic.. I mean AZ.Real reporting there.

Cmitchell4437
Cmitchell4437

Why aren't the thoughts with the victim and her family at this time too? They must be grieving more than just the owner of the home who supposedly was not there at the time? Hoping that the San Diego homicide investigators are very thorough in their approach to this tragedy.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

What's so bizarre?    She was executed.

me
me

what's so bizarre is the local le can't figure out if it is a homicide or suicide.......

Mistalee
Mistalee

You would think that the victim being bound at the wrists and ankles would provide a subtle clue.

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Home

Loading...