Courts & Crime

Case of slain Miami model on 'America's Most Wanted'

The killing of an aspiring model in North Miami will get national attention Saturday, when America's Most Wanted airs a story on the case.

The body of Paula Sladewski, 26, was found burning in a trash bin in North Miami on Jan. 3.

AMW host John Walsh was in Miami Tuesday. Walsh went with North Miami police to the Dumpster where Sladewski's body was discovered and to Miami's Club Space, where she was last seen alive.

The show airs on Fox at 9 p.m. Saturday.

North Miami police hope it will help drum up leads in the case.

"We're hoping that people will see it and have some information and come forward," said Lt. Neal Cuevas, a North Miami police spokesman.

Sladewski, an aspiring model and exotic dancer, was visiting Miami with her boyfriend, Kevin Klym. They partied at Club Space, but when the couple got into a fight, Klym was thrown out of the club.

He took a cab back to the hotel where they were staying.

Police have called Klym a "person of interest" because he was one of the last people seen with Sladewski. They said he has been cooperating with investigators.

Club surveillance video showed Sladewski walking out of the club about 7:20 a.m. Witnesses told police Sladewski left with another man, and last week police released a composite sketch of the man.

Investigators asked anyone with information to call Detective Michael Gaudio at 305-891-8111 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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