Rebecca Nalepa: Photo Released of Woman Found Dead at Home of Medicis Executive Jonah Shacknai

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Rebecca Nalepa
A photo has been released of the woman found dead at the home of Scottsdale-based Medicis executive Jonah Shacknai.

The body of 32-year-old Rebecca Nalepa -- Shacknai's girlfriend -- was found in the courtyard of Shacknai's historic Coronado, California mansion with a rope around her neck, bound, naked, and hanging from a balcony Wednesday morning.

It remains unclear whether Nalepa was murdered or committed suicide, and San Diego police say it's one of the most "bizarre" deaths they've ever seen.

Just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, police received a call from Adam Shacknai, Jonah Shacknai's brother, saying that a woman was possibly dead at Shacknai's home.

Adam Shacknai found Nalepa hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the Coronado mansion and cut her down.

When police arrived, Nalepa was lying on her back.  Her feet and wrists were bound.

Authorities say an autopsy has been completed but that the results are currently sealed.

Jonah Shacknai, police say, was not in the home when Nalepa's body was found.

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."

Nalepa's family is expected to speak with reporters later today.


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CookiegirlfromOregon
CookiegirlfromOregon

It does not take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that this girl was murdered.  To think a person could commit suicide the way she died is absolutely unbelievable.  Even if she could have tied her hands/feet, etc, why would someone go to all that work when just jumping from the window would have done the trick. 

Ramius
Ramius

By all means CSI discovered a few things that will not be released to the public, and theres an esoteric meaning to why the clothes were off, and as to the actual When, Why and How it came about...Remember.....Things are not always what they seem to be....................

Lesliefreed
Lesliefreed

how much money did shaknai's family pay the police to "rule death as a suicide"????

Vgirshman
Vgirshman

He is jewish. Parents are settlers from israel. He said how growing up in manhattan there was a strong sense of tzidakah ( jewish charitable giving)

Melody
Melody

I guess someone killed(choked) her through her neck first, then they bound her foot and hands. They wanted people to think she hung herself up and died. Actually, I've heard there is no place that she could hung herlsef up on the balcony.  She might also fight with the killer when he or they tried to kill her. Why cops let two brothers leave SD so quickly? Why they want to leave SD during the case investigation? Why the copys didn't check two brothers bodies? Why the ex-boyfriend wanted to hire PRIVATE agency? They might have scratches during "FIGHTING" and they left SD to heel the scratches and destroy evidences.  This world seems for rich people.  Where is GOD?

Aall
Aall

I think Rebecca was murdered by someone. The murder case is connected to 6 years old Max's death. Someone killed her for not taking care of Max well.  Her boyfriend, brother and Dina are all big suspect.  It is too bad those cops still have no clue for rich people. Such simple case should be easily detected.  I guess she was killed by her neck first while she was sleeping.  Then they banded her feet and hands, hanged her up on the balcony.  She died before they hanged her up. 

Some people think she "suicide", those people are stupid or eother murder's friends.  Her death can't realted to Gary Webb suicide case. 

Kims3003
Kims3003

Its a beauty mark idiot - and even if it was - who cares

Thebeaver91
Thebeaver91

This whole story is f--ked up!!!  It's like something somebody copied from The Omen.  Women do not typically hang themselves.  And even if they do, I don't think they tie themselves up before doing it. 

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Duh!   Hands tied behind the back, she's not Houdini in reverse.   A women is very unlikely to commit suicide in the nude.    It doesn't happen.   They are way too conscious of their body to do such a thing.   The guy's son is now brain after a "fall" down the stairs.   I think she either saw who caused the fall or she knew who did it and she was killed for it.   It also resembles a satanic sacrifice in some ways.   Picture a group of people circled in the courtyard at night, the body snaps a the end of the rope...    This guy has way too much money.    My money is on the brother who found her dead.

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

tamillaz
tamillaz

THE JEW DID IT...................................

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Another WHODUNIT.I'm gonna place my bet on murder for this one. Millonaires do have some of the most "bizarre" murder mysteries ever documented Often times it involves money disputes and the illegal troubles associated with it. In my mind she doesn't appear to be the "suicide" type. It was said somewhere that she was a hard worker and seemed to be quite happy with her job.

guest
guest

is that a cold sore on her lip?

Vic
Vic

Limited possibilities here, it seems.  If Jonah has a rock solid alibi placing him at the hospital, then it would seem that the police will be looking at his brother, Adam.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I have to wonder; Had Nalepa been found dead in the same circumstances, not in a millionaire's mansion but in the cheap tract home of a working stiff without a pot to piss in, would the cops still be pondering the (remote) possibility of suicide, or would they have the homeowner already beaten, cuffed and behind bars?

Mistalee
Mistalee

Reminds me of journalist Gary Webb who after exposing the CIA's cocaine trafficking was found to have committed suicide by shooting himself in the face. Twice.

abc
abc

rebecca ex husband did it. she dating with j s and she is still married.She is from burma. poor burmese women looking for money,up dated man.sex and money involve.

hansome
hansome

Most murderers don't kill by hanging either.  Just a completely bizaro story.

Adam Gadhan
Adam Gadhan

Danish1425Most amazingly stupid comment!How did you this!Have you been taught?

Danish1425
Danish1425

He is not Jewish. His father is Italian. Maybe the Godfather did it.  We should all blame each other because it is more fun that way, isn't it?

Satyre
Satyre

I think it's a dimple. She's too hot to hang.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

As the old adage goes, "shot three times in the back of the head. Worst case of suicide I've ever seen".

The logistics of this case will be a puzzle that even the best of the best will have trouble with.

Hands bound behind the back. Feet bound. Hanging? Suicide?

Now about the DNA on her body....

Billybatts
Billybatts

I totally agree.  I would love to be rich enough to have an asian hottie hanging around my house. 

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