FRESNO — Investigators were searching Friday for three men seen leaving a motel with a former beauty queen the night before police found her body in a muddy field six weeks ago.
Jill Ann Weatherwax, 27, a onetime Miss Hollywood, was found stabbed to death behind an animal shelter March 25.
"It's one of those tragic endings that we often see when someone becomes involved in a spiral of drug use that turns into prostitution, that ultimately ends in murder," Police Lt. Jerry Davis said.
After winning beauty pageants in Michigan, Weatherwax moved to Southern California several years ago with hopes of becoming a star. She was crowned Miss Hollywood and signed a recording contract.
But police say that she took a wrong turn. In the 11 months before her death, Weatherwax was arrested three times in Ventura County for drug possession and being drunk in public, court records show.