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False alarm: No arrest in model's death

August 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police in Southern California are working with authorities in Canada to catch a suspected killer. They're looking for Ryan Jenkins, who they think killed his ex-wife and then stuffed her body in a suitcase before throwing it in a dumpster.There were reports out of Canada on Friday night that Jenkins had been arrested in Toronto after getting off a plane there. Police did detain a man, but it was not the murder suspect.

The 32-year-old Jenkins is a native of Calgary, Canada. Authorities believe he has crossed the border.

He's accused of the gruesome killing of 28-year-old Jasmine Fiore. A man searching for recyclables found her beaten and strangled body stuffed in a suitcase in a Buena Park dumpster last week. Her teeth had been removed and fingers cut off. Investigators had to use the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify her.

Jenkins is a recent contestant on the VH1 reality show "Megan Wants a Millionaire." He married Fiore, a former swimsuit model, earlier this year after the two met in Las Vegas. In April, Jenkins was charged with domestic violence for allegedly hitting Fiore.

Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore said their marriage was annulled a month after the wedding. However, there are no court records of an annulment in either Clark County, Nev., where the couple was married, or in Los Angeles County, where they most recently lived.

Jenkins and Fiore were last seen together at a San Diego hotel, where they attended a poker party.

Sean Feald said he saw the two at the hotel.

"She was obviously a very pretty woman, scantily dressed, she was very easy to see out of a crowd," said Feald. He said he saw Fiore and Jenkins arguing and that Fiore spent much of the night by herself, sending text messages.

Security cameras showed Jenkins leaving the hotel alone with a suitcase. A hotel manager said he did not believe Fiore was killed there.

Jenkins has been on the run since last Saturday. His car and boat were found abandoned near the Canadian border. Authorities are still looking for Fiore's white Mercedes-Benz.

Prosecutors say Jenkins does have the financial resources to elude capture. They are warning anyone who maybe helping him that they could face serious charges.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Jenkins' arrest. Anyone with information is urged to call Buena Park police at (714) 562-3975.

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