Dr. Phil Finds Nothing New in Zahau Case

“This is a case that has more questions than answers,” the family attorney told the talk show host

By Sarah Grieco and Artie Ojeda
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 7:55 AM PDT
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Mary Zahau-Loughner and Rebecca Zahau are shown here a short time before her death.

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In a heavily publicized interview on Monday afternoon, talk show host Phil McGraw told Mary Zahau-Loughner that no new evidence had been found in the death of her sister Rebecca.

In July, Zahau was found hanging nude with a rope around her neck from the second-story balcony above the Spreckels Mansion courtyard. The death was later ruled a suicide by officials.

The first interview of a two-part special that aired Monday afternoon showed a tearful Mary Zahau-Loughner telling McGraw that she couldn’t believe Zahau killed herself. Zahau-Loughner was joined by her husband and the family lawyer on the show.

“This is a case that has more questions than answers,” the family attorney told McGraw.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department released the following statement before the show aired Monday:

To date, neither our detectives nor the Medical Examiner's Office have been presented with any evidence from this second  autopsy. If Dr. Wecht or Miss Bremner would like to share information they believe is pertinent with our investigators, we would be glad to meet with them, rather than hear their results on television provided as entertainment.

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