A nurse and former reality show contestant who has been missing since leaving a birthday party in Torrance early Sunday morning is believed to have been killed and buried at the Lennox home of a man who accompanied her to the party, police said Tuesday.
Lisa Marie Naegle — a 36-year-old registered nurse and former contestant on the E! network show “Bridalplasty” — was last seen early Sunday morning leaving the party at Alpine Village, and a missing-persons report was filed on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Jackie Jerome Rogers, a 34-year-old nursing student who accompanied Naegle to the party but claimed he left without her, was expected to be booked on suspicion of murder, according to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar. Police and coroner’s officials were searching Rogers’ home in the 5000 block of West 106th Street in Lennox in hopes of recovering Naegle’s body.
“Rogers has shared information that that is where it (the body) is at, but that has not been confirmed,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar said “investigators haven’t shared the details” of their talks with Rogers, but they began talking to him Monday night. She also noted that “the family saw him on surveillance with Lisa.”
Relatives and friends had been pleading for the public’s help in finding the missing San Pedro woman.
According to Naegle’s husband, Derek Harryman, his wife called him around 2:45 a.m. Sunday and said she was leaving the party but stopping to get something to eat on the way. She never came home. She also failed to show up for nursing classes she teaches at West Los Angeles College.
Naegle’s relatives said she went to the party with one of her nursing students, but he repeatedly told the family he did not leave the party with her.
“We begged and pleaded that he’d come to our home to kind of give us details on what time, where were things, and when he left her, but while he was talking to us and telling us his story, multiple different times he said he absolutely did not go home with her, or did not take her home,” her sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told ABC7.
She added that a friend of hers at the party sent her multiple photos of her sister with the student and that surveillance footage showed Naegle getting into an SUV belonging to Rogers. There is also footage of the pair going to a gas station.
“Investigators have been talking to the family and have informed them of their belief at this time,” according to Aguilar, who said Rogers would be booked on suspicion of murder.
News reports showed Rogers’ home on a cul de sac near the San Diego (405) Freeway surrounded by crime scene tape as police conducted a search at the residence.
Naegle was a contestant on “Bridalplasty” in 2010.
Aguilar declined to release information on the relationship between Naegle and Rogers, saying only that they knew one another.
The website TMZ.com reported that Naegle was struck repeatedly with a hammer after she and Rogers went to a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant. TMZ also reported that Naegle and Rogers were romantically involved, but Naegle informed Rogers she was breaking up with him to be with her husband — leading to the killing.
–City News Service