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Man suspected of killing model found dead in Canada, sources say

August 23, 2009 |  7:28 pm

[UPDATED at 7:40 p.m. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that Ryan Jenkins, the reality TV show contestant who is suspected of killing his ex-wife and fleeing from Southern California to Canada, was found dead in a motel in Hope, British Columbia.

"At this present time the investigation into the circumstances of his death is continuing, but preliminary evidence suggests that he took his own life," the department said in a news release.]

Former reality TV contestant Ryan Jenkins, sought by U.S. and Canadian authorities in connection with the death of his ex-wife, model Jasmine Fiore, apparently hanged himself in a motel room in Hope, British Columbia, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Jenkins was the focal point of an intensive manhunt since last week, when Fiore's body was found stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in a trash bin in Buena Park. Authorities said Fiore’s teeth and fingers had been removed.

American law enforcement authorities tracked him fleeing across the international border in a speedboat.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police had appealed to the public for help, calling Jenkins a dangerous suspect.

-- Julie Cart and Andrew Blankstein