International manhunt intensifies for reality TV show contestant sought in model's slaying [updated]
Fiore's body was discovered Saturday in a suitcase by a man who was searching for recyclables in a metal trash bin in the 7400 block of Franklin Street. Police said it appeared she had been strangled.
Fiore had recently moved to Los Angeles from Las Vegas. She had worked as a commercial and swimsuit model but was recently involved in a career transition, said her mother, Lisa Lapore. Fiore had recently gotten a real estate license, set up a personal training business with a friend and was pursuing interests that included competing in equestrian events, her mother said.
Fiore and Jenkins had left Los Angeles together Thursday and were bound for a poker tournament in San Diego, according to Lapore, who had been staying with her daughter.
[Updated, 11:15 a.m.: VH1 issued the following statement today: "Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on 'Megan Wants A Millionaire,' an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show has completed production. VH1 is cooperating fully with the authorities on this matter."]
-- Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Ari B. Bloomekatz