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Missing Reality-TV Contestant Found in Shallow Grave

Lisa Marie Naegle disappeared early Sunday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2016 12:58 AM CST
Updated Dec 21, 2016 2:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Cops searching for a missing nurse who appeared on the reality show Bridalplasty made a grim discovery at a Los Angeles County home Tuesday. The body of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle, who was last seen leaving a birthday party Saturday night, was found in a shallow grave at the Lennox home of Jackie Jerome Rogers, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say Rogers, a 34-year-old student in a nursing course Naegle taught part-time at West Los Angeles College, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Naegle was a contestant on Bridalplasty, in which brides-to-be competed for plastic surgery, in 2010.

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Naegle's husband told police that she went to a birthday party at the Alpine Village entertainment complex Saturday night. He said she called sounding drunk early Sunday and said she was going to get some food on the way home. She never showed up at home, or to teach her course Sunday. Rogers became a suspect after relatives obtained security footage from Alpine Village showing her getting into his SUV. He had previously denied leaving the party with her. Her sister, Michelle Naegle, says "he just seemed really antsy, kind of nervous." Investigators say Rogers, who they believe was having an affair with Naegle, confessed to killing her and burying her in his backyard, KTLA reports. (Read more Bridalplasty stories.)

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