The manager of a motel where police discovered the body of fugitive murder suspect and reality TV contestant Ryan Jenkins says a young woman checked him in on Thursday.

Jenkins was wanted in Orange County, California, on a first-degree murder charge after the mutilated body of ex-wife Jasmine Fiore was found stuffed in a suitcase in a suburban Los Angeles trash bin.

Jenkins arrived late Sunday in a Chrysler PT Cruiser with Alberta license plates, and stayed in the car while the woman checked them in, says Kevin Walker, who manages the Thunderbird Motel, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Vancouver.

Walker says the woman paid cash for three days, and when the couple didn't check out, he unlocked the room and found Jenkins hanging from the bar of a clothing rack.