The name Paula Sladewski may sound familiar.Â Her name was splashed across headlines across the United States after she went missing in Miami and her burning and charred body was found in a dumpster a few hours later.Â What made the story alluring was thatÂ Paula SladewskiÂ was a former Playboy model, she was beautiful, and her death was a complete mystery.Â
Like many stories of murder, most suspicion immediately fell on the boyfriend, Kevin Klym.Â Â He and Sladewski had gone to Miami to bring in the new year and catch the Lady Gaga show in Miami.Â He had been seen arguing with Paula Sladewski in a downtown MiamiÂ nightclub,Â Club Space,Â the morning of her death (January 3), trying to get her to go back to theirÂ hotel room.Â She had refused and the fight brought security guards.Â They threw Kevin Klym out of theÂ club but allowed Paula SladewskiÂ to stay.
Not long afterward, afterÂ Kevin Klym had waited around for a few minutes and then caught a cab back to their hotel,Â the former Playboy modelÂ was alsoÂ asked to leave the club.Â Â Club SpaceÂ video surveillance camera showed Sladewski leavingÂ Club SpaceÂ unaccompanied at 7:20 a.m.Â
“America’s Most Wanted” profiled the Paula Sladewski story after a witness came forward who toldÂ police that they had seen someone fitting Paula Sladewski’s description outside the nightclub.Â SheÂ was seenÂ talking and walking with a man outside the club, but the witness noted that there didn’t seem to be any sign of struggle.Â A composite sketch of a black male was released to the public in early February and the individual depicted is believed to be the last person seen with the aspiring model.
The body of Paula Sladewski, the beautiful 26-year-old model who had once appeared in a Playboy production, was foundÂ afterÂ a passerby reported a dumpster fire later that evening around 9 p.m.Â Â But theÂ body found inside didn’t resemble that of a Playboy model when it was discovered.Â It was still on fire when authorities arrived and was burnt beyond recognition.Â It took two days to identify the body using dental records.Â Although North Miami Police originally questioned Kevin Klym as a person of interest, further investigation into the murder seemed to point in other directions.Â
The murder of Playboy model Paula Sladewski remains unsolved.
Club Space helped raise a reward ($15,000) for information leading to the culprit’s arrest.Â Â Those with information regardingÂ Paula Sladewski and her disappearance andÂ murder are urged to callÂ Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).