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Police: Fugitive reality TV star is in Canada

Canadian authorities say they have evidence the millionaire reality TV star accused of murdering a former swimsuit model is in Canada.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Canadian authorities say they have evidence the millionaire reality TV star accused of murdering a former swimsuit model is in Canada.

"We are still pursuing a Canada-wide warrant for this arrest, and all tips across the country whether from Toronto, Montreal, Calgary or Vancouver will be investigated fully," Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Sunday. He did not give details, and urged Ryan Alexander Jenkins to surrender.

The 32-year-old real estate developer and investor from Calgary is suspected of strangling Jasmine Fiore, whose naked, mutilated body was found in a suitcase inside a trash bin in Buena Park, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are leading the manhunt for Jenkins, who is suspected of strangling Fiore and then reporting her missing the evening of Aug. 15 before fleeing.

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

Fiore's body was found in a trash bin in Buena Park, an Orange County city about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Her 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, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

Authorities believe Jenkins fled via car, boat and on foot to enter his native Canada.

Report of capture wrong
The manhunt has claimed widespread attention in Canada where some media carried an erroneous report late Friday that Jenkins had been escorted off a plane arriving at Toronto from Vancouver.

Regional police spokesman Adam Minnion said Saturday that the man resembled Jenkins but was released after tests confirmed he wasn't the suspect.

But the mistaken identity led two newspapers to publish erroneous reports.

"Fugitive murder suspect arrested in Toronto: Jenkins caught," declared the front page of the Calgary Herald's online edition.

A headline on the online front page of the Vancouver Province announced "Jenkins arrested in Toronto."

Both papers yanked the stories after police said the man who'd been questioned was not Jenkins.

Reality Contestant Slaying
This image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Jasmine Fiore, who has been identified as the woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase and placed in a dumpster and discovered Aug. 15, 2009. Police said Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32, a reality TV personality, is a \"person of interest\" in her death.Los Angeles Police Department

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

Jenkins said on the show that he possessed assets of $1 million to $2.5 million, said Tom Hession, chief inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service's regional fugitive task force.

A resume posted on the professional networking site showed that Jenkins has a license to fly commercial airplanes and has dabbled in several development enterprises and investments since graduating from college in 1999.

Those include Townscape Development Inc., a condo project in Calgary with his father, prominent architect Daniel Jenkins.

Ryan 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.

Jenkins' mother, Nada Jenkins, lives in a tony Vancouver condo. A neighbor, Bob Snowdon, said he had not seen her in several days. She did not answer her phone on Saturday.

Court records show Jenkins was charged in June in Clark County, Nev., with a misdemeanor count of "battery constituting domestic violence" for allegedly hitting Fiore.

It was not the first time he had been charged with assault. In Calgary, Jenkins was sentenced to 15 months probation in January 2007 on an assault charge.

Winning back ex-wife
After returning this summer from taping "I Love Money 3" in Mexico, Jenkins succeeded in winning back Fiore, who was living in a penthouse apartment in central Los Angeles.

Prosecutors said Jenkins and Fiore checked into a San Diego hotel on Aug. 13, and Jenkins checked out the next morning.

Fiore was not seen alive again.

In Calgary, Jenkins' former fiancee Paulina Chmielecka said she was engaged to him for 2 1/2 years and never saw a violent side.

"The guy was a great guy, as far as I knew he was very happy," she told the Canadian TV network CTV. "In our relationship, we had our fights — everyone does — but I would never say, 'Well, he could have murdered someone.' There's no way."