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Mystery woman sought after Jenkin's death

August 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The man suspected in the murder and mutilation of swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore has been found dead. Ryan Jenkins was discovered inside a motel room in Hope, British Columbia, after an apparent suicide. But the case isn't closed just yet.Police are still looking for Fiore's white 4-door Mercedes CLS 550, with a black top, black grill, with custom rims. It has been missing for more than a week, and police say it is a key piece of evidence in the case.

"That may contain some very important information," said Sgt. Bill Kohanek from the Buena Park Police Department. "It'll help us know whether or not that was used in the crime, the location of the homicide. We still don't have those questions answered quite yet."

Police are also looking for a woman who was with 32-year-old Jenkins when they checked into a motel in British Columbia. The woman was described as being in her 20s, blonde and pretty.

The woman went into the Thunderbird Motel on Thursday, paid cash for three nights, while Jenkins waited in a PT Cruiser that had Alberta plates.

Canadian authorities said Monday they have identified the woman and are investigating whether she would face charges for helping him.

The manager at the hotel said when they didn't check out on Sunday, he opened their room and found Jenkins hanging by a belt from a coat rack.

"I opened up the door, just opened it up slightly, in case I was interrupting somebody, and the computer was sitting on the bed, there were a few other things on the bed, and I was asking 'hello,' and then I slid the door open further, and he was hanging from the coat rack," said motel manager Kevin Walker.

Walker said he never saw the woman or the car again.

"I didn't see her leave, but apparently the tenant in No. 1 (next to Jenkins' room) said she only stuck around for about 20 minutes," he said.

Employees at the motel said they didn't recognize Jenkins at first from his pictures on TV, but they said he appeared to be stressed out.

"There was no activity, so we were just a little bit suspicious about it," said motel employee Adam Burt.

Jenkins, who was once a VH1 reality TV show contestant, is accused of murdering Fiore after her body was found in a suitcase in a trash bin in Buena Park. Her teeth and her fingers had been removed to delay identification, but the coroner was able to identify the body by the serial number on breast implants.

Buena Park police say they are not surprised by Jenkins death.

"There was a lot of pressure on him, I think he realized that he probably was running out of, you know, places he could go and ways that he could hide," said Kohanek. "I don't know if he had thought this out quite that far, and very possibly just didn't want to deal with that prosecution."

On Monday, Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore, said that she had a mixed reaction to news of Jenkins' death.

"It brings some closure to what's been going on," said Lepore, who lives in Maui, Hawaii. "We don't have to worry about looking for him anymore or being worried that he is a threat to any other women or men."

Fiore and Jenkins married earlier this year after meeting in Las Vegas. According to Fiore's mother, they had they marriage annulled.

The couple was last seen together in San Diego at a poker party more than a week ago.

Jenkins disappeared soon after Fiore was reported missing. His abandoned car and boat was discovered south of Vancouver.

Jenkins' mother has reportedly said that her son was a kind man and she believes that the evidence will eventually clear his name.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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