An international manhunt for a man wanted for questioning in the slaying of a swimsuit model moved to Bellingham, Wash., this morning, where officials believe he may have walked into Canada.
Law-enforcement officials said reality-TV contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins used a boat to get to the town of Point Roberts, where he then may have walked into Canada. They based this on witness accounts.
Officials in Washington and British Columbia are now focusing their manhunt in that border area.
Jenkins, a participant on "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 her missing Saturday after they attended a San Diego poker tournament.
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.)
Jenkins 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 hit her, a law enforcement source in Las Vegas said.
Jenkins is scheduled for trial in December.
Officials stressed that they only want to question Jenkins and he is a not a formal suspect in the slaying.
Jenkins operates Skyhomes in Calgary, which sells million-dollar-plus apartments and homes. He is listed as the chief executive on the company website. A spokesman for a property company affiliated with Skyhomes said Jenkins had not been seen in Calgary for three months.
According to an online résumé, Jenkins graduated from Calgary's Mount Royal College in 1999 and worked for Townscape Developments from 2000 to 2008.
He also lists himself as an investment sales associate for Calgary-based Concrete Equities, a company that has several buildings in bankruptcy. His image as a successful young man earned him a spot on "Megan Wants a Millionaire."
On the show, a woman dates various men, hoping to land a wealthy bachelor.
Jenkins also was scheduled to appear on the third season of VH1's "I Love Money," which was set to air in January, according to sources with knowledge of the show who were not authorized to speak to the media. In that show, contestants perform various physical and mental challenges, with the winner receiving $250,000.
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
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