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