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Police find body of missing nursing teacher

LOS ANGELES — A 34-year-old nursing student was in custody Dec. 20 in lieu of $2 million bail on suspicion of murder in the death of a nursing student at West Los Angeles College who went missing after attending a party with him and whose body was allegedly found in a shallow grave at his home in Lennox.

Lisa Marie Naegle of San Pedro — a 36-year-old registered nurse and former contestant on the E! Entertainment Television series “Bridalplasty” in 2010 — went missing after leaving a party early Dec. 18 at Alpine Village, a German restaurant in Torrance, and a missing persons report was filed the next day, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Naegle’s body was found Dec. 20, and Jackie Jerome Rogers, a 34-year-old nursing student who accompanied Naegle to the party but claimed he left without her, was later arrested on suspicion of murder, Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar said.

Police and coroner’s officials searched Rogers’ home in the 5000 block of West 106th Street and recovered Naegle’s body some time after 4 p.m., added Officer Tony Im of the LAPD’s Media Relations section. Rogers had told police where to find the body, Aguilar said, adding that investigators began talking to Rogers Dec. 19.

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.

According to Naegle’s husband, Derek Harryman, his wife called him around 2:45 a.m. Dec. 18 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 the next day 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.

Naegle-Kaimona 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.

Aguilar declined to release information on the relationship between Naegle and Rogers, saying only 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 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.