Bellingham Sheriff: Man sought in ex-model's death fled US

Bellingham Sheriff: Man sought in ex-model's death fled US (August 20, 2009)

The reality TV show contestant wanted in the death of his ex-wife in California is still being sought by police.

A man suspected of being Ryan Jenkins was taken off a plane in Toronto, but police say it wasn't him.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering $25,000 for information leading to Jenkins' arrest. The body of his ex-wife, former model Jasmine Fiore, was found in a trash bin in Buena Park, Calif., without fingers or teeth.

She was identified through numbers on her breast implants.

Prosecutors have said the U.S. Coast Guard briefly pursued a boat Wednesday off the northwest coast of Washington state that was registered to Jenkins, but the Coast Guard disputed that claim late Friday.

Meanwhile, VH1 has canceled "Megan Wants a Millionaire," the reality show Jenkins was in before he was charged with murder. A statement released said the show was an outside production licensed to VH1, but that it was produced and owned by 51 Minds Entertainment.

51 Minds said in a statement that Jenkins never would have been accepted for its show if the company had known of his past criminal history.

The search for Jenkins began in the Northwest when police thought the Canadian native was probably headed to Canada.

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office believes he arrived by boat at Point Roberts, Wash., about 10 miles from Blaine at the tip of a peninsula earlier this week.

The point is reachable by land only from Canada, and Jenkins is believed to have walked across the border from there.

Jenkins, a Calgary, Alberta, native, was a contestant on the VH1 series "Megan Wants a Millionaire," about a woman seeking to land a wealthy bachelor.

Police said Thursday that Jenkins, 32, removed the teeth and fingers of 28-year-old Jasmine Fiore, presumably to impede authorities in their efforts to identify the naked body, which was found stuffed in a suitcase in a California trash bin over the weekend.

Fiore, a former swimsuit model, and Jenkins were briefly married after a quickie Las Vegas wedding this year, and had been fighting in recent months. Prosecutors said the two checked into a San Diego hotel last Thursday, and Jenkins checked out the next morning. Fiore was not seen alive again.

Friends and family members, including Fiore's mother, sobbed at a news conference Thursday as a former boyfriend begged for help in capturing Jenkins.

"This message goes out to the family, his mother and father and to the friends that are helping him try to leave this country. Ryan Jenkins is an animal, what he has done to Jasmine is unspeakable and it's just not right and I'd appreciate your help," said Robert Hasman, Fiore's former boyfriend.

Jenkins vanished after Fiore's body was found Saturday stuffed in a blood-stained suitcase and Buena Park police Lt. Steve Holliday said he's possibly armed with a handgun. A preliminary coroner's report indicated Fiore was strangled.

Prosecutors recommended a bail of $10 million for Jenkins upon arrest and said he had significant resources to finance his flight.

On the show, Jenkins was identified as an investment banker who had a couple million dollars.

A resume posted on the professional networking site says Jenkins has a license to fly commercial airplanes and worked in investment sales and as president of a boutique development company focused on cutting-edge green technologies.