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Ryan Jenkins found dead in Canada

August 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Canadian authorities say that a man suspected of the murder of his swimsuit model wife has been found dead in British Columbia.Ryan Alexander Jenkins was found hanging in a hotel room according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Jenkins is believed to have taken his own life.

Jenkins' body was found Sunday afternoon in The Thunderbird Motel on an isolated road on the outskirts of Hope, B.C. He was identified through fingerprints.

Kevin Walker manages the motel. He said Jenkins had been staying there since Thursday. Walker said Jenkins was checked in by a young woman who paid cash for a three day stay. When the couple did not check out, he unlocked the room door and found Jenkins hanging from a clothing rack.

Jenkins is 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.

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