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Reality TV show contestant is 'person of interest' in the case of a model found dead in Dumpster

August 18, 2009 |  6:00 pm

Lanow.2 Police say a contestant on a VH1 reality TV show is a "person of interest" in the case of a 28-year-old woman and swimsuit model who was found dead in a Dumpster in Buena Park.

Jasmine Fiore was last seen at her home on the 800 block of Edinburgh Avenue in the Fairfax district about 8:30 p.m. Friday and had had no contact with family members since, police said. Fiore had recently moved to Los Angeles from Las Vegas.

Lanow.model1 Buena Park police identified a Canadian national who reported Fiore missing as a “person of interest” in the case. Investigators said they want to talk to Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32. He is believed to be driving Fiore's white 2007 Mercedes CL S550 with black rims and tinted windows.

Jenkins was a contestant on the reality show "Megan Wants a Millionaire." On the show, a woman dates various men, hoping to land a wealthy bachelor. On the show, Jenkins was described as an "investment banker."

Fiore's body was discovered Saturday by a man searching for recyclables on the 7400 block of Franklin Street. At the time, the Buena Park Police Department said it had not identified the body, adding that it appeared to be that of a woman in her 20s.

The Buena Park police will hold a news conference on the case this afternoon.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton