Missing Nurse And Former Reality Show Contestant Found Buried In Student's Yard
The search for a missing woman took a grim turn on Tuesday when investigators discovered her body buried in the yard of one of her acquaintances. Lisa Marie Naegle, a 36-year-old nurse and former reality show contestant, went missing on Sunday morning after attending a friend’s birthday party at Alpine Village in Torrance. She called her husband at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday to let him know she would be home after stopping to grab some food. When she failed to return home and never showed up to teach her nursing classes at West Los Angeles College, her husband, Derek Harryman, reported her missing.
On Tuesday, Jackie Jerome Rogers was taken in for questioning regarding Naegle’s disappearance. Rogers, 34, was one of Naegle’s nursing students. Rogers and Naegle went to the party together, and Naegle was seen via surveillance footage from the restaurant getting into a black SUV with him. During questioning, investigators determined that Naegle had likely been murdered, the L.A. Times reports. Investigators later went to Rogers’ home on the 5000 block of West 106th Street in Lennox where they located Naegle’s body in a shallow grave in the yard at about 4 p.m. Rogers is now being held on a bail of $2 million, according to City News Service.
TMZ is reporting that Naegle was murdered with a hammer, and that her body was found facedown and stripped of clothing. The LAPD could not confirm these details.
Naegle's family had grown suspicious of Rogers early on in her disappearance. They said that he repeatedly told them that she did not leave the party with him and instead went to an after-party, despite videos surveillance that indicated otherwise. He later claimed that they left the venue together, but that she'd gotten out of his car at Torrance Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, according to the Daily Breeze.
Naegle's sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told ABC 7, "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."
Naegle-Kaimona later told ABC 7 that Rogers claimed to police that his changing story was because he and Naegle were having an affair. Naegle-Kaimona said that her sister had previously indicated that Rogers was gay. Police have not confirmed these details.
In 2010, Naegle appeared on the E! reality series Bridalplasty, in which a group of women competed to win their perfect wedding plus plastic surgery.