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Police find murdered former model's car

August 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Buena Park Police Department has located the outstanding vehicle relating to former model Jasmine Fiore's murder. A telephone tip from a citizen led police to a parking lot next to a Trader Joe's and behind a vacant building along the 8600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Police had been looking for Fiore's white 4-door Mercedes CLS 550, with a black top, black grill, with custom rims, for more than a week. Police say it was a key piece of evidence in the case.

The vehicle was impounded as evidence and transported to the Orange County Crime Lab in Santa Ana. The vehicle will be processed by CSI and examined for any possible evidence involving the homicide.

Authorities are hoping the vehicle will provide more clues in Fiore's murder.

Ryan Jenkins, who was the prime suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, committed suicide in a motel room in Hope, British Columbia this past weekend.

Police have also identified the woman who they say helped Jenkins check into the motel room where he was found dead. For now, she will not be charged in the case.

Authorities say the case will stay open until they figure out exactly when and where Fiore was murdered.

Fiore bought the $100,000 custom built 2007 Mercedes from her best friend and owner of EuroTech Motoring in Las Vegas. In a telephone interview David Tonapetyan said Jasmine and her former husband had a tumultuous relationship.

"They never got along, basically they weren't a happy couple," said Tonapetyan. "So Jasmine took off on Ryan, she didn't want to be with him basically. But he was, like, sucking her blood, like wanted to be with her and just calling her eight billion times a day and being controlling. And Jasmine told him a thousand times, 'I don't want to be with you.'"

Recent photos show the couple together. They had reportedly begun dating again after their annulment.

Fiore was last seen when she and Jenkins went to a posh San Diego hotel. Jenkins checked out the next morning, apparently alone.

Fiore's mutilated body was discovered a day later stuffed in a suitcase and tossed in a dumpster in Buena Park. Authorities believe Jenkins killed Fiore.

"She was a gorgeous girl. She was one of those girls you would be proud to walk next to. She was gorgeous, she knew how to carry herself, she was really, really funny, and her personality, she was so, like, unique and all the time happy," said Tonapetyan.

Investigators are hoping a parking notice left the on the windshield will help them determine how long the vehicle had been parked in the lot. They also want to know who drove the car to the location, and if Jenkins acted alone.

Jenkins was once a contestant on the VH1 reality TV show 'Megan Wants A Millionaire.'

The chilling 911 call from the man who discovered the body of Jasmine Fiore in a Buena Park trash bin was released Tuesday.

In the recording, the caller says, "There is a big suitcase, partially unzipped and I took my middle finger and I just lifted it up and sure enough it looks like the body of a child in a suitcase back here."

Fiore's teeth and her fingers had been removed to delay identification, but the coroner was able to identify the body by the serial number on her breast implants.

If you have any information in the case you're asked to call the Buena Park Police Department at (714) 562-3847.

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