Playboy Model Feared for Her Life: Stepfather

Paula Sladewski's stepfather: She and Kevin Klym had a "horrible relationship."

ByABC News
January 8, 2010, 5:32 AM

Jan. 8, 2010— -- Murdered Playboy model Paula Sladewski told a friend that she was afraid of her boyfriend before her burned body was found in a Miami Dumpster Sunday, according to her stepfather.

Richard Watkins, Sladewski's stepfather, told that the 26-year-old model allegedly texted an ex-boyfriend to say that her current boyfriend, Kevin Klym, was "trying to kill" her.

"They had a horrible relationship," Watkins said about Klym and Sladewski. "I have told them from the start that they shouldn't be together," he said, adding that he wasn't surprised the 34-year-old Klym is being investigated by police.

The model's body was found smoldering in a burning Miami dumpster on New Year's Eve, and Klym was named a person of interest in Sladewski's case Thursday.

Sladewski, who appeared in Playboy magazine and the 2003 movie, "Playboy: The Ultimate Playmate Search," was in Miami for a weekend of partying and celebration with her Klym, her live-in boyfriend, police told ABC News.

Klym and Sladewski lived together in Michigan and California.

The relationship between the couple was "loving and volatile," Klym's lawyer, Marc Beginin, told ABC News. He added that his client is "totally devastated over this situation."

Sladewski's body was found Sunday -- but because of extensive burns, her remains were not identified until Wednesday. North Miami police used dental records to positively identify her.

Sladewski was last seen alive at 7 a.m. Sunday at Club Space in Miami.

Klym told police that he and Sladewski were separated at the club after they got into a drunken argument and Klym was asked to leave by club bouncers.

"He requested the bouncers communicate with her to say that he was waiting outside and the bouncers said they did that," Beginin told ABC News. "They came out and said she didn't want to leave, she wanted to stay."

Klym went back to their hotel and waited for his girlfriend, who never returned.

That night, hours later, Sladewski's body was discovered by Miami Dade firefighters who were responding to reports of a fire in a dumpster behind a propane store.

The body, which was still burning, was beyond recognition.

As North Miami Police attempted to identify the body, Klym first called Miami police and "a squad car came to the hotel to take the missing person's report," Beginin said.

On Monday, Klym called Sladewski's family in Michigan to tell them she was missing. He eventually hired a private investigator and canvassed South Beach with flyers.

"He was calling police stations, jails and hospitals," Beginin told ABC News.