August 23, 2009 in Nation/World

Police suspect suicide in model killing suspect’s death

The Orange County Register
 

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Jenkins, the reality TV star suspected of killing his swimsuit model wife, is dead, Canadian police said Sunday evening.

Jenkins, 32, was found dead inside a motel room in Hope, British Columbia on Sunday afternoon, said Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“The preliminary indicators are that he took his own life,” Pound said. “And we’re not commenting on any of the particulars.”

Jenkins, 32, was accused of killing his wife and swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore, 28, of Los Angeles. Fiore’s body was found mutilated and stuffed in a suitcase near a Buena Park, Calif., apartment complex on Aug. 15.

Pound declined to provide many details about Jenkins’ death on Sunday night, but apparently once the body was found, identifying him as the suspect in Fiore’s murder came quickly.

“The hotel staff had gone in to check on him,” Pound said, adding that local RCMP officers responded as they would to any such call.

“They then became aware of some of the indicators in the room, including that he matched the general description that has been spread worldwide,” Pound said. “So we were able to get members of our team and some of our forensics (investigators) there.”

About 5 p.m. Sunday, the RCMP determined the dead man in the motel room was Jenkins, Pound said.

Pound declined to say how Jenkins might have killed himself nor share any details on his stay in Hope, a small town of less than 10,000 about two hours east of Vancouver, known by most as a stopover on the Trans-Canada Highway.

“We’re not saying at this point how long he was staying there,” Pound said. “And we’re not going to release any information on how long he may have been deceased.”

The story — reality TV star allegedly kills model wife — was a sensation from the start and became only more so as more details of what appeared to have happen came out.

Fiore’s body, found in a suitcase in a Buena Park dumpster, was missing her fingers and teeth. Jenkins may have fled by boat and on foot into Canada, his native country. Fiore’s body was identified by the serial numbers on her breast implants.

With each detail, news coverage spread beyond that which most any other murder receives. And so too with the discovery of Jenkins’ body on Sunday, which made instant headlines on the Web sites of both traditional news sources like the Register and gossip sites such as TMZ.com.

Earlier today, CTV, a Canadian television network, also reported Jenkins’ father, Dan Jenkins, would not say whether he has had contact with his son. Dan Jenkins added his lawyers encouraged him not to comment on his fugitive son, CTV reported.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office had filed felony murder charges against Jenkins and issued a $10 million warrant for his arrest. The Canadian police had also issued a warrant for Jenkins.


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