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Ryan Jenkins corrupted by Hollywood lifestyle, his father says

August 24, 2009 |  2:09 pm

Jenkins found dead in B.C. motel

The father of a reality show contestant believed to have murdered model Jasmine Fiore says he's struggling to come to terms with the accusation and that he believes his son was corrupted by the Hollywood lifestyle.

Ryan Jenkins, a Calgary real estate executive who was a contestant on two VH1 reality TV shows, was found dead Sunday at a British Columbia motel, eight days after he allegedly killed Fiore, placed her in a suitcase and dumped her in a Buena Park trash bin.

“If my son was guilty, he was crazy. He was not the boy we knew. The boy we knew was not capable of anything remotely close to this act,”  Dan Jenkins, a prominent Calgary architect, told The Times.  “You talk to everyone here who knew him before he went down there and they’ll talk about a wonderful young man, a thoughtful man."

Jenkins said the son appears to have fallen into the wrong crowd in Hollywood and that he was incapable of the violence he is accused of committing. He  “would faint at the sight of blood," Dan Jenkins said, adding he could not speak about details of the case.

Detectives are investigating whether Jenkins got help disposing of Fiore's body and whether others aided and abetted him after she was slain, law enforcement sources told The Times today.

The law enforcement sources, who spoke to The Times on the condition that they not be named because the investigation is ongoing, said officials want to know whether Jenkins received help fleeing the Los Angeles area and hiding in Canada. Jenkins was on the run for more than a week, slipping into Canada on Wednesday.

At a news conference at the Buena Park police station Sunday night, Lt. Steve Holliday was asked whether Jenkins got help when he allegedly killed Fiore. Holliday would say only: "I do believe he participated in the murder."

Canadian officials declined to identify the woman who apparently checked into the motel with Jenkins but said their investigation is continuing.

-- Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: The Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia. Credit: Canadian Press