New Zahau Autopsy Set for Friday

Rebecca Zahau.

The new autopsy long sought by Rebecca Zahau’s loved ones will happen Friday, according to broadcast reports.

ABC.com is reporting that Dr. Cyril Wecht, who has publicly criticized investigators’ findings, will conduct the exam Friday in Pittsburgh.

Wecht, who has consulted on numerous high profile cases, is a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health.

Meanwhile, Forbes magazine has weighed in about the involvement of Dr. Phil McGraw, which the family has said is supporting their pursuit of further investigation. A columnist called it “just creepy” for the talk show host to take part in the case and raised the spectre of the classic film Network to boost her point.

Zahau died at the Spreckels mansion July 13, two days after her boyfriend’s son suffered head injuries in a fall at the same home. She was found nude and bound, and according to her boyfriend’s brother, hanging from a second-story balcony. When the authorities arrived she was lying on the mansion’s grounds.

The boy died July 16.

Investigators concluded that Zahau meticulously bound and hanged herself in despair over the boy’s declining condition. Her family disputes the finding and have criticized detectives for failing to explain other injuries and marks on Zahau’s body and for not turning her property over to the family.

Zahau’s boyfriend, Arizona pharmaceuticals magnate Jonah Shacknai, has accepted investigators’ findings. Attorney General Kamala Harris denied the request.