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Body of reality show contestant found buried in shallow grave in Los Angeles

Nurse Lisa Marie Naegle had competed on a show called Bridalplasty in 2010.

Ex Reality Contestant Missing Lisa Marie Naegle Source: Lawrence Altman

A BODY FOUND buried in a backyard near Los Angeles is believed to be that of a former reality show contestant, according to police.

Nurse Lisa Marie Naegle (36), a losing contestant in 2010 on the E! network show Bridalplasty (where she competed for a dream wedding and plastic surgery), was found after a man in one of her nursing classes pointed police to the shallow grave in which she was buried.

Police say they arrested 34-year-old Jackie Jerome Rogers on suspicion of Naegle’s murder after questioning him in relation to her disappearance, and that he indicated her body was at his house in the community of Lennox, near Los Angeles International Airport.

“We can confirm a body which we believe is Lisa Marie was discovered in a shallow grave at the suspect’s home,” police spokesman Sal Ramirez said.

The detectives strongly believe it is her.

Naegle taught nursing at West Los Angeles College and Rogers was one of her students, the Daily Breeze newspaper reported.

Police did not give details of their relationship or of a possible motive for the killing.

It was not immediately clear whether Rogers had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Naegle had gone to a birthday party last Saturday night at a beer hall and restaurant in Torrance. Her husband, Derek Harryman, said he got home from work and texted her at around 2am on Sunday to see where she was.

Ex Reality Contestant Missing Police and coroner's officials investigating a home in the Lennox area of Los Angeles during the search for Lisa Marie Naegle Source: Brad Graverson

“Within a minute or two, she called me,” Harryman told the newspaper. “She sounded really, really drunk. She said, ‘I’m going to get some food and then I’ll be home.’”

Harryman and Naegle’s sister filed a missing person’s report and launched a social media campaign to help find her.

The family said a friend who works at the beer hall let them see surveillance video that they say shows Naegle leaving with Rogers and getting into his vehicle.

“We went and we looked at the film and she left with him,” her brother, Rafael Chavez, told the Daily Breeze. “He told everybody he left without her.”

The family said they asked Rogers to tell them what happened.

“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,” Naegle’s sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told KABC-TV.

After the family confronted Rogers with the video, they said he altered his story to say that Naegle had gotten into his car but then got out moments later. They then contacted police.

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