According to an autopsy report obtained by KFMB-AM, “tape residue” was discovered on both Rebecca Zahau’s legs and part of a T-shirt stuffed in her mouth, when she was found hanging on July 13.
These details were not disclosed when authorities gave a 90-minute press conference on Friday to announce they were ruling Zahau’s death a suicide.
Zahau’s autopsy report, as cited by KFMB-AM’s site, reads: “On the anterolateral mid left shin there is a 1 x 5/8 inch gray piece of material and two smaller similar pieces just distal to it, measuring 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch (Comment: appears similar to tape residue). On the lateral distal right lower leg there is a 1-1/4 x 5/8 inch area consisting of three horizontally oriented, parallel somewhat evenly spaced, areas of sticky, tan-gray apparent tape residue. They are situated between 3/16 and 5/16 inch apart.”
Deputy Medical Examiner Jonathan Lucas wrote: “She had a reddish-orange rope ligature around her neck and a blue piece of fabric, possibly a shirt, around the neck outside of the ligature. A portion of this shirt was reportedly originally in the decedent’s mouth.”
Zahau, whose death was ruled a suicide, died two days after Jonah’s 6-year-old son, Max, fell from the stairs. He died several days later in hospital.