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Reality show contestant charged in model's slaying

August 20, 2009 |  3:33 pm

Orange County prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a Ryan Alexander Jenkins, a Canadian man wanted in connection with the slaying of a Los Angeles swimsuit model.

The charge comes as officials in the United States and Canada are searching for the suspect. He was reportedly seen late Wednesday in Bellingham, Wash., where officials believe he may have walked across the border into Canada. Jenkins Law enforcement officials said Jenkins used a boat to get to Point Roberts, from where he then could have walked into Canada.

 
Earlier today, police issued an arrest warrant for Jenkins.

Officials in Washington and British Columbia are focusing their search on the border area.

Jenkins, a participant on the VH1 reality program "Megan Wants a Millionaire" and the self-described chief executive of a Canadian real estate development company, was named by Buena Park police as a person of interest in the slaying of 28-year-old Jasmine Fiore.

Jenkins reported Fiore missing Saturday after they attended a San Diego poker tournament. Her body was found Saturday, stuffed inside a suitcase in a trash bin in Buena Park.

Canadian authorities said Wednesday that Jenkins had a previous conviction for assault on an unidentified woman. And in June, Jenkins was charged in Las Vegas with battery against his wife, Jasmine Kinkade-Jenkins, according to court records. (Fiore sometimes used Kinkade as a last name, her mother said.) 
FioreJenkins used his fist to strike his wife in the arm in early April, the records show. They were fighting at a hotel swimming pool when he struck her, a law enforcement source in Las Vegas said. 

Jenkins is scheduled for trial in December.
--Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein



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