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Arrest warrant sought for TV reality show contestant in model's death

August 20, 2009 | 11:15 am

Authorities are seeking an arrest warrant for a Canadian man wanted in connection with the slaying of a Los Angeles swimsuit model, a law enforcement source told The Times. 

The warrant for Ryan Alexander Jenkins is being sought by the Buena Park Police Department and is expected to be announced at a news conference at 1 p.m. The suspect was reportedly seen late Wednesday in Bellingham, Wash., where officials believe he may have walked across the border to Canada.

Jenkins Law enforcement officials said Jenkins, a reality TV show contestant,  used a boat to get to the town of Point Roberts, Wash., where he then could have walked into Canada.
By issuing an arrest warrant, U.S. investigators may seek additional help from Canadian authorities in their manhunt, according to the source, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because the investigation was ongoing. A Canadian government source told The Times that officials there expect an arrest warrant from U.S. authorities.

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.) 
Fiore 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 struck her, a law enforcement source in Las Vegas said. 

Jenkins is scheduled for trial in December. Officials emphasized that they only want to question Jenkins in connection with Fiore's death 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 resume, 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 businessman 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 asked not to be named because they 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

Photos, from top: Ryan Alexander Jenkins; Jasmine Fiore. Credits: Getty Images