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Authorities Rushing Toxicology Reports for Dead Son, Girlfriend of Arizona Millionaire


San Diego police are expediting the toxicology reports from the autopsies of Max Shacknai and Rebecca Zahau, who both died in separate incidents last week at the mansion of pharmaceutical millionaire Jonah Shacknai, FOX News Channel reported Wednesday.

Toxicology reports normally take up to six weeks to be completed, but authorities could have them finalized by the end of next week, FOX reported.

Jonah Shacknai's six-year-old son Max died Sunday almost a week after falling down the stairs at his father's Coronado, Calif., mansion.

The boy's death came only four days after Shacknai's live-in girlfriend Zahau died after she was found hanging from an outdoor second-floor balcony at the same house, naked and with her hands and feet bound.

"I can tell you that there has been documented incidents throughout the country where people do secure their hands during suicide," said Sgt. Roy Frank with the San Diego Sheriff's Office. "So the thing that we want to stay away from, even though at first glance it may look like something, you really have to pay attention to what that evidence says."

Zahau -- whom media reports have referred to as Rebecca Nalepa, though she changed her name back to her maiden name of Zahau in May, according to FOX -- had been living with Shacknai for about two years and had become "devoted" to his kids, according to friends and family.

On Tuesday, reported that Shacknai had left California for Arizona, where his company is based, as police continued to investigate the deaths. Shacknai is the chairman and CEO of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., the manufacturer of the popular cosmetic wrinkle filler Restylane, a competitor of Botox.

Investigators have called Zahau's death bizarre and are trying to determine whether it was a suicide or homicide and whether there is any connection between her death and that of Shacknai's son.

At this point, investigators say "victimology" is key. That means they have to find out exactly what the victim was involved in prior to her death -- in this case, they're looking into days, weeks, and months.

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