Reality Show Contestant Ryan Jenkins Found Dead of an Apparent Suicide

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A reality show contestantwanted for murder in the gruesome death and mutilation of hisex-wife was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide after hanginghimself in a secluded Canadian motel, authorities said.

Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police borderintegrity unit says police responded to a call about a dead personin Hope, east of Vancouver, and then called investigators who werepart of the massive manhunt for Jenkins.

The real estate developer and investor was wanted in Californiaon first-degree murder charges after the mutilated body of hisex-wife Jasmine Fiore was found in a trash bin in Buena Park, about20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

Jenkins apparently hanged himself, said Farrah Emami,spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's Office inCalifornia, which is contact with Canadian police.

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

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

Pound said police don't yet know how long Jenkins was at themotel before his body was discovered. Jenkins was identifiedthrough fingerprints, he said.

Jenkins' body was found in The Thunderbird Motel on an isolatedroad on the outskirts of Hope, B.C. at the entrance to the westernprovince's mountainous interior. His body was found in a room atthe out-of-the-way motel.

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

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

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

After the U.S. Justice Department issued an extradition request,Canada issued a nation-wide warrant for Jenkins' arrest. Canadianauthorities initially launched a massive border search usinghelicopters, ground police and dogs.

Jenkins and Fiore met in Las Vegas in March and they married afew weeks later. The couple separated shortly afterward, but hadreportedly recently reconciled.

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

"We continue to believe that Mr. Jenkins was solelyresponsible," said Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange CountyDistrict Attorney's Office.

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

Friends said Fiore was a model who worked mainly in Las Vegasand Los Angeles, doing gigs such as being bodypainted at parties.She also was an aspiring actress and had a bit part in a small 2008horror science-fiction movie, "The Abandoned," according to theInternet Movie Database.

Jenkins was recently a contestant on VH1 reality show "MeganWants a Millionaire," in which wealthy young men tried to win overa materialistic blonde. The network canceled the show Friday.

He also was a participant in an as-yet-unaired competitivereality series, "I Love Money 3." A VH1 spokesman said nodecision has been made on whether or not to run the show.

Court records showed Jenkins was charged in June in Nevada witha misdemeanor count of "battery constituting domestic violence"for allegedly hitting Fiore in the arm and was set to be tried inDecember.

Prosecutors said the two checked into a San Diego hotel Aug. 13,and Jenkins checked out the next morning. Fiore was not seen aliveagain.

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