Police have interviewed two men who were the last to see a Los Angeles model alive before her body was dumped at a hospital on Saturday – but her husband claims their alleged alibi doesn’t add up.
Christy Giles, 24, and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, went to the West Hollywood home of three strangers after meeting them at a warehouse party in East LA late last Friday night.
The women, their bodies cold, were dumped at two separate hospitals by men in balaclavas driving a car with no plates on Saturday evening. Hilda, a Mexican designer, was revived but is likely brain dead.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com Giles’s husband Jan Cilliers, 41, revealed that detectives told him they had interviewed two of the three men with whom Christy spent her final hours.
Christy Giles, 24, (left) and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola (right) are pictured partying at a club on Friday night when they met the men
Christy Giles’s last known location was a rented apartment (pictured) near Beverly Hills, where she and friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola went with three men they met at a warehouse party that night
Texts from Christy’s phone reviewed by DailyMail.com showed the two women seemed uncomfortable after arriving and called an Uber to take them home but were never picked up
The men, who rent an apartment in West Hollywood that Christy’s phone recorded as her last live location, allegedly admitted to cops that they took the girls home from the warehouse party, claimed the women took drugs and overdosed, and that they immediately took them to the ER.
However, texts from Christy’s phone reviewed by DailyMail.com cast doubt on the men’s alleged account – leading her husband to believe they forcibly drugged both women.
Giles’s husband Jan Cilliers told DailyMail.com that two of the men allegedly admitted to cops that they immediately took the women to the ER after they overdosed
After arriving at their home, an apparently uncomfortable Christy texted Hilda ‘let’s go’ with a wide-eyed emoji at 5:30am on Saturday morning. Hilda replied ‘Yes. I’ll call an Uber. 10 minutes away.’
At 5:36am a friend called Eddie who was at the official afterparty the girls had planned to go to texted Christy: ‘Where you at?’
Read receipts show Christy never read the text, nor any others after that, and Uber records show the women never got in their cab.
Cilliers believes that in those six minutes, something happened to his wife and her friend that left them incapacitated.
But it wasn’t until 12 hours later, at 5pm on Saturday, that CCTV at Southern California Hospital in Culver City showed men in masks and hats pulling up in a black Toyota Prius with no license plate and dumping Christy’s body – and another two hours before Hilda was left at nearby Kaiser Permanente hospital in West LA.
Cilliers said hospital staff told him both women’s bodies were cold when they were admitted, which could mean that whatever killed his wife had happened several hours earlier.
Texts between the two women showed Christy sent a message to Hilda at 5:30am when they were at the apartment, reading: ‘let’s go.’ Hilda replied: ‘Yes. I’ll call an Uber’ – however, the two were never picked up
Four minutes later at 5:36am, a friend called Eddie who was at the official afterparty the girls had planned to go to texted Christy: ‘Where you at?’ – but that message was never read
Giles and Cabrales-Arzola were at SoHo on Friday, November 12, when they left for a warehouse party. Giles husband said he traced her phone to an apartment complex before the women were dropped off at their respective hospitals
Hilda (pictured with Christy Friday night) was found with heroin in her system, however Cilliers said neither woman would have taken those drugs voluntarily and he suspects foul play
Photographs and videos taken late the night before show Giles and Cabrales-Arzola dancing and laughing at a warehouse party
This is the warehouse in East LA where the two women were partying before meeting the three men who allegedly took them back to an apartment before 5am Saturday
‘She didn’t deserve any of this. She was such a bright light, a beautiful, joyous soul. The fact that somebody took that light and snuffed it out is just so, so wrong,’ he told DailyMail.com.
‘Inside that six minute gap, they became incapacitated. That Uber never got picked up.
‘It’s clear the girls tried to leave, so there’s definitely some foul play involved here.
‘These girls were obviously deceased for a long time before they got taken to the emergency rooms. My wife got taken to the emergency room at 5pm on Saturday, which is 12 hours after her last text message.
‘Hilda got taken to a completely different emergency room two hours after Christy, at 7pm.’
Cilliers said police were only able to link the two women’s cases because Hilda shared her location with a third friend.
The widower said that data showed her traveling to the West Hollywood house with Christy, then being taken to Kaiser Permanente two hours after Christy was dumped at Southern California Hospital.
Cilliers said the timings make the men’s alleged alibi implausible.
‘Their story to the police is that they were doing drugs with the girls, and then they said to the police that as soon as the girls overdosed that they took them immediately to the ER,’ he said.
Cilliers, who was in San Francisco at the time, says he awoke the next morning to check his wife’s location on his phone and saw she was somewhere he didn’t recognize
Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola was allegedly left by the same men outside a different hospital two hours later after Giles’ body was dumped
‘Does that mean [Hilda] Marcella overdosed two hours after Christy, so when they took Christy to the ER was Marcella staying home doing more drugs? The story doesn’t really add up.’
Cilliers added that police told him one of the men left the house at 9am on Saturday morning, but did not give further information on their locations on Saturday before the women’s bodies were dumped.
‘Because my wife Christy is a corpse they have to wait till she gets the coroner’s medical exam results, so no toxicology or rape kit has already been done,’ Cilliers said.
Christy’s mother Dusty Giles, a 49-year-old nurse, told DailyMail.com that Kaiser medics performed a toxicology on Hilda, which showed heroin in her system as well as trace amounts of cocaine and ecstasy.
Dusty and Cilliers say although Christy sometimes took cocaine or ecstasy, she reviled heroin after an overdose killed her close friend’s ex and sent her cousin in and out of rehab. Dusty said Hilda’s friends and family told her she had the same attitude.
Insurance records reviewed by DailyMailTV show a black Toyota Prius was registered at the apartment where the two women spent their final hours.
Giles’ husband Jan Cillers (right), was in San Francisco visiting his father when her lifeless body was discarded
Cilliers, a photographer who had been married to Christy for two years, said the two men’s account doesn’t add up
Cilliers says a car matching that description was caught on hospital CCTV dropping off the two bodies on Saturday.
The bereaved husband went with detectives to the East LA warehouse, Autoluxe LA, on Thursday to review security camera footage which he said showed three men leaving with Christy and Hilda.
Homicide detectives have interviewed two of them, who are registered as living at the apartment, and are still pursuing the third. No arrests have been made.
An LAPD spokeswoman said the case ‘right now is an undetermined death and an ongoing investigation,’ and declined to give further details.
Cilliers said his wife’s death left him with a ‘huge hold in my chest’.
‘I’m so angry, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being angry. I’m mostly in disbelief, just shock and anger and hatred at these people that did this to her.
‘She didn’t deserve any of this. She was such a bright light, a beautiful, joyous soul. The fact that somebody took that light and snuffed it out is just so, so wrong.
‘It’s hard to even think of these people as human. Who does that to somebody else?’
‘It’s been really, really amazing, the support that we’ve been getting. But at the same time, I still have this huge hole in my chest where she is no longer there.’
Dusty Giles (pictured with her daughter) said the murky circumstances surrounding Christy’s final hours led her to believe she may have been drugged and sexually assaulted
Dusty Giles (second from left) said she believes her daughter Christy Giles (far right) was drugged and murdered, in an interview with DailyMail.com. Pictured left to right: Christy’s father, mom, and sister
Cilliers said he fell head over heels for Christy after meeting her at an art gallery in early 2019, and told her he loved her after just three days.
‘We had one of the most fairytale romantic relationships. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day 2019. We got married by September that year,’ he said.
‘She’s obviously beautiful on the outside. But really, her beauty is just who she is as a person on the inside.’
The couple travelled the world, visiting exotic locations including Morocco and Bora-Bora.
He was even planning to take her on a nine-day African safari in a month, where he was planning to introduce Christy to his South African mother for the first time.
The Hollywood visual effects designer and the model got married at Southern California desert festival Burning Man.
Cilliers said they were planning on a ‘ply wedding’ where festival-goers could be ‘married’ for a weekend, but then both decided with friend – who happened to be a licensed officiant – to get hitched for real.
‘We had just heard the story of people coming into Burning Man and their RV got blown off the road and three of them died. It was the most tragic, horrific thing. We had a discussion that if we don’t take our marriage to the ultimate point we’ll just regret it for the rest of our lives.
A GoFundMe page claims that messages from women sharing similar stories have been pouring in since Saturday
‘We had just the most epic, epic time together.’
Cilliers said though his wife led a glamorous life, being signed to Wilhelmina Models age 14 and travelling the world for photoshoots, she ‘kicks ass and is very street smart.’
‘She got scouted at a mall, then her life changed. She went to Miami worked there for a while, in London, Peru, LA, all the major markets,’ he said.
He added that she still enjoyed the simple pleasures. ‘Her favorite thing to do was take walks on the beach every evening,’ he said.
‘Her energy is very happy-go-lucky. Like you can you can tell when you’re around her that she’s just as free as a butterfly. She flaps around and brings joy into everybody’s life that she touches.’
As the widower anxiously awaits the coroner’s report and the statements of the as-yet illusive third man the girls spent the night with, he said he hopes those responsible for Christy’s death rot in prison.
‘They should be thrown in jail and the keys thrown away,’ he said. ‘I wish that what happened to my wife happened to them honestly. It’s not fair that they get to live and she has to die.’
Cilliers said he and his friends are hoping for a ‘miracle’ for Hilda’s recovery.
‘We’re all praying that she pulls through and then she could obviously tell us everything about what happened that night,’ he said.