The family of a woman found hanging from a balcony at her boyfriend's Coronado mansion said they are still waiting for closure eight months after her death.
On Thursday, what would have been Rebecca Zahau’s 33rd birthday, her sister released a statement to keep Zahau’s memory alive.
"Her absence will seem almost unbearable knowing we will miss her laugh and joke about getting older," said Mary Zahau-Loehner.
Zahau was found hanging, bound and nude from the balcony of the historic Spreckels Mansion in July. In September, the Sheriff's Department ruled the death a suicide.
In the statement sent to NBCSanDiego Wednesday, Zahau-Loehner said her sister was "brutally murdered" adding, "Nobody knows our daily struggle with her death and the injustice that has been tolerated by the San Diego Sheriffs Department."
Zahau's family is desperate for answers according to her sister.
"My mom throws herself at her gravesite begging for a chance to say goodbye to her and hug her one more time. My ailing father stares into space praying that God will reveal the truth and bring justice before he dies," she writes.
The family hired a forensic pathologist who said he does not believe Zahau committed suicide.
The family has also requested the Attorney General's office reopen the case but so far they have received no response.