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SoCal model-murder suspect sketch released

February 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Southland model vanished and was then found brutally murdered in Miami. Police are hoping a new clue will help them track down her killer. It's been one month since aspiring model Paula Sladewski was set on fire and her body dumped in a trash bin. The woman who lived in Rancho Cucamonga had been vacationing in Miami with her boyfriend. Now police have released a composite sketch of man who may be her killer.

With a private investigator by her side, the sister of 26-year-old Paula Sladewski asks for the public's help in bringing the Playboy model's killer to justice. Kelly Farris wears a T-shirt with her sister's picture and puts up posters offering a $15,000 reward.

"It's really hard on everybody in the family," said Farris. "I'm glad that I had the means to come out and do what I'm doing to keep it alive."

Authorities have released a composite sketch of the last person to be seen with Sladewski. A passerby described the man to police and a grainy surveillance video shows the two leaving a Miami nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 3.

Later that day Sladewski's burning body was found in a North Miami trash bin.

The model had been living in Rancho Cucomonga with her boyfriend, Kevin Klym. The two went to Florida to celebrate the New Year.

Klym, who was initially considered a person of interest, in the case was kicked out of the nightclub after an argument and left without Sladewski. But Klym also described someone similar to the man in the sketch.

"He describes the goatee. He said he had the facial hair going all the way around," said Farris.

"Being able to put a poster out or a sketch like this is invaluable in helping this case," said private investigator David Wasser.

Kelly Farris has been trying to retrace her sister's steps and play out the final hours of her life, and she has a message for Sladewski's killer.

"You can't run and hide forever, your face is out here now," said Farris.

Miami police say Sladewski's boyfriend has been allowed to return to his home in Southern California. However, investigators are still waiting to clear up a few loose ends before they rule him out entirely as a person of interest.