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Memphian discovers body in brother's San Diego mansion

(WMC-TV) - Police in California are investigating a violent death inside an historic mansion, and a key witness in the case is from Memphis.

Pharmaceutical company multi-millionaire Jonah Shacknai lived with his girlfriend, Rebecca Nalepa, and his six-year-old son at the Spreckles Mansion near San Diego.

Wednesday morning, Shacknai's brother Adam Shacknai, a Memphian, told police he discovered Nalepa's naked body hanging from a balcony with her hands bound behind her back with electrical cord.

"Right now, I'm not going into details," said Capt. Tim Curran with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  "I'm not going to compromise the integrity of the investigation."

Adam Shacknai lives in an apartment in Midtown Memphis.  His leasing agent neighbor, Robert Sanders, said he last saw him a few days ago.

"He said that he was going to have to go back out on the tugboat company he works for," said Sanders.

Instead, Adam Shacknai ended up in San Diego in a guest house in his brother's mansion.

Adam Shacknai said from San Diego that the police were questioning him but he did not have anything to do with Nalepa's death.

Investigators said Adam Shacknai and Nalepa were the only people in the mansion when the body was found.  His brother and ex-wife were at the hospital.

Monday, Jonah Shacknai's son fell down a staircase at the home and is in a coma.  Nalepa was the only one at home with the boy when that happened.

Investigators said the boy's fall and Nalepa's death do not appear to be related.

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