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Sources: Coronado mansion death a suicide

CORONADO, Calif. -- The woman found hanging naked from a balcony inside the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado is a suicide, according to law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Fox 5 has learned that investigators have concluded Rebecca Zahau, the 32-year-old girlfriend of Arizona multi-millionaire Jonah Shacknai, took her own life on July 13, two days after her Schacknai's son was fatally injured inside the home. 

Law enforcement sources told Fox 5 News they believe Zahau was grief-stricken over Max Shacknai's accident. She was at the Spreckels Mansion with her 13-year-old sister when Max fell  and was fatally injured.

Max Shacknai, 6, reportedly fell near a flight of stairs.  His death at Children's Hospital days later is being investigated by Coronado Police as an accident.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department is investigating Zahau's background, including possible family or childhood trauma, which could give insight into why she would take her own life. 

The Sheriff's Department did not give official confirmation that investigators have determined  Zahau took her own life, saying only that the investigation is not complete.  One law enforcement source said Monday, "No one is looking at it as a homicide."

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