from www.miamiherald.com – North Miami police investigating the killing of a 26-year-old aspiring model released a composite sketch of a man seen with her hours before her body was found.
Witnesses saw Paula Sladewski walking with the man outside Miami’s Club Space after 7 a.m. on Jan. 3.
About 9 p.m. that night, her body was found burning in a trash bin in North Miami.
“He’s a person we want to locate and speak to,” said Lt. Neal Cuevas, a North Miami police spokesman.
He said detectives are getting tips and actively working leads in the case.
“We’re progressing; we’re not at a dead end,” he said, adding that detectives are waiting to get back forensic test results.
Detectives were also processing several cars that might be involved in the case, but he would not say what led police to the vehicles. He would not release any other information about the cars.
Sladewski, an aspiring model and exotic dancer, was visiting Miami with her boyfriend, Kevin Klym, to celebrate New Year’s. They spent the early hours of Jan. 3 partying at Club Space in Miami.
The two got into a fight, and 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 her. They said he has been cooperating with investigators.
Club surveillance video showed Sladewski walking out of club about 7:20 a.m.
Witnesses told police she left with another man, and detectives developed a composite sketch.
Her body was found in the 1400 block of Northeast 130th Street.
Sladewski had to be identified using dental records. Police believe she was already dead before the fire.