- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 23, 2009

BUENA PARK, Calif. | The remains of a former model whose killing set off an international manhunt for a reality television star were so badly mutilated that investigators had to use the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify her.

The man charged with Jasmine Fiore’s murder, reality TV show contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins, has been on the run since reporting her missing the evening of Aug. 15. Her nude body had been found that morning, stuffed in a bloodstained suitcase in a trash bin in Buena Park, an Orange County city about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, but authorities weren’t able to identify her for a few more days.

Detectives tracked the serial number on the implants because they could not use fingerprints or dental records, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities believe Mr. Jenkins, a contestant on VH1’s “Megan Wants a Millionaire,” may have fled more than 1,000 miles to reach his native Canada.

Police in Canada were looking for Mr. Jenkins on Saturday, though they’ve yet to confirm his presence in the country, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Duncan Pound said. He wouldn’t discuss details on the search effort.

VH1 canceled “Megan Wants a Millionaire,” in which wealthy young men tried to win over a materialistic blonde, network spokesman Brett Henne said Friday.

Mr. Jenkins also was a participant in an as-yet-unaired competitive reality series, “I Love Money 3.” A VH1 spokesman said no decision has been made on whether to run the show.

Buena Park Police Lt. Steve Holliday said Mr. Jenkins, a native of Calgary, Alberta, is possibly armed with a handgun. Prosecutors recommended bail of $10 million upon his arrest and said he had significant resources to finance his flight.

Canadian authorities ended a massive border search using helicopters, ground police and dogs but continued their investigation, Sgt. Pound said Friday.

Mr. Jenkins is a real estate developer and investor who is also the son of a prominent Canadian architect. On the reality show, he said he had between $1 million and $2.5 million, said Tom Hession, chief inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service’s regional fugitive task force.

Miss Fiore and Mr. Jenkins were briefly married in a quickie Las Vegas wedding in March and had been fighting in recent months. Prosecutors said the two checked into a San Diego hotel on Aug. 13, and Mr. Jenkins checked out the next morning. Miss Fiore was not seen alive again.

Miss Fiore’s mother, Lisa Lepore, told the Associated Press that her daughter had the marriage annulled in May. However, there were no court records of an annulment in either Clark County, Nev., where the couple were married, or in Los Angeles County, where they most recently lived.

Court records show Mr. Jenkins was charged in June in Clark County with a misdemeanor count of “battery constituting domestic violence” for purportedly hitting Miss Fiore in the arm and was set to be tried in December.

In his hometown of Calgary, Mr. Jenkins was sentenced to 15 months probation in January 2007 on an unspecified assault charge.

Alain Hepner, Mr. Jenkins’ attorney in that matter, said as part of the judgment the judge also ordered counseling for anger management, domestic violence and sexual addiction. Mr. Hepner said there was also a civil restraining order.

• Jeremy Hainsworth, Raquel Maria Dillon, Derrik J. Lang and Robert Jablon contributed to this report.

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