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From Suspect To Suicide: Ryan Jenkins, the target of a murder investigation, committed suicide in Canada according to CBC News. (Zap2It.com)

A reality show contestant wanted for murder in the gruesome death of his ex-wife was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide after hanging himself in a secluded Canadian motel, authorities said.

Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police border integrity unit said police responded to a call from hotel staff about a dead person in Hope, east of Vancouver, and then called investigators who were part of the massive manhunt for Jenkins.

The real estate developer and investor was wanted in California on first-degree murder charges after the mutilated body of Jasmine Fiore was found in a trash bin in Buena Park, about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Jenkins apparently hanged himself, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office in California, which is contact with Canadian police.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are "now able to confirm that a deceased person that was found in a motel in Hope, British Columbia, is, in fact, Ryan Jenkins," Pound said.

"At this present time the investigation into the circumstances of his death is continuing, but preliminary evidence suggests that he took his own life. Any further details will not be released at this time as this investigation remains in its infancy."

Pound said police don't yet know how long Jenkins was at the motel before his body was discovered. Jenkins was identified through fingerprints, he said.

Jenkins' body was found in a room at The Thunderbird Motel on an isolated road on the outskirts of Hope, B.C., at the entrance to the western province's mountainous interior.

The Thunderbird was surrounded by police with a coroner's van, said Marc Lojeski who works at the nearby Lucky Strike Motel.

Hope is about 100 miles from Point Roberts, Wash., the last place Jenkins was reported to have been seen before he crossed into Canada.

Pound said his body was found Sunday afternoon and that they confirmed just before 5 p.m. local time that it was Jenkins. He said Jenkins' family was notified before police went public with news.

Jenkins, 32, disappeared last week, but his boat was found Wednesday at a marina not far from the U.S.-Canada border south of Vancouver.

Fiore's teeth had been pulled out and her fingers cut off, apparently to impede her identification. Investigators used the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify her, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

After the U.S. Justice Department issued an extradition request, Canada issued a nationwide warrant for Jenkins' arrest. Canadian authorities initially launched a massive border search using helicopters, ground police and dogs.

Jenkins and Fiore met in Las Vegas in March, and they married a few weeks later. The couple separated shortly afterward, but had reportedly recently reconciled.

A cell phone message left with Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore of Maui, Hawaii, was not immediately returned.

California authorities said police in Buena Park where Fiore was found would continue their investigation to make sure no one else was involved in the killing, but they did not expect to find anything.

"We continue to believe that Mr. Jenkins was solely responsible," said Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

The British Columbia Coroner's Service is investigating Jenkins' death, and police are trying to determine how he got to Hope.