$25,000 reward offered for accused 'Megan' murderer Ryan Jenkins
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/21/2009
Ryan Jenkins' elusiveness has led authorities to seek help from the public.
The U.S. Marshals Service has offered up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the Megan Wants a Millionaire suitor who is accused of murdering his ex-wife, The Associated Press reported Friday.
After initially being dubbed a "person of interest" by authorities, Jenkins was charged with murder on Thursday in the death of Jasmine Fiore -- a 28-year-old swimsuit model whose body was found Saturday stuffed in a suitcase in a Buena Park, CA trash can.
Police allege Jenkins removed Fiore's teeth and fingers prior to disposing of her body, presumably to hinder efforts to identify her. A preliminary coroner's report shows Fiore was strangled.
The 32-year-old Jenkins -- who is originally from Calgary, Alberta -- continues to be the focus of an extensive manhunt on the U.S. and Canadian border. Earlier this week, Jenkins' car and an empty boat trailer belonging to him were found abandoned at a marina in Blaine, WA and a man matching Jenkins' description was seen arriving in Point Roberts, WA via boat on Wednesday.
While Blaine shares a border with Canada and is a major border crossing location, Point Roberts is a remote unincorporated community on a peninsula that only has land access from Canada. They are separated by an approximately 10-mile boat ride across the Pacific Ocean waters of Boundary Bay.
"At this time, although we believe he crossed the border, we're not one hundred percent sure of that," U.S. Marshal Chief Inspector Thomas Hession said at a Thursday news conference about the murder charge. "There will be no stone unturned and we'll look under every rock for him."
Jenkins and Fiore -- who were briefly married after a quickie Las Vegas wedding in March that allegedly ended with a May annulment -- checked into a San Diego hotel on August 13, according to authorities.
Jenkins checked out the next morning and Fiore was never seen alive again.
Robert Hasman, a former boyfriend Fiore was still friendly with, had issued a public plea for help on behalf of Fiore's friends and family at the Thursday news conference.
"This message goes up to the family, his mother and father, and to the friends that are helping him try to leave this country," said Hasman. "Ryan Jenkins is an animal. What he has done to Jasmine is unspeakable. It's just not right and I'd appreciate your help. Please understand who you're helping leave this country and we ask for your support to to bring Ryan to custody."
VH1 pulledMegan Wants a Millionaire from the air indefinitely earlier this week. Jenkins -- who was billed as being a "smooth operator" with a $2.5 million net worth on the show -- was still one of 10 remaining suitors vying for Megan Hauserman's heart before the show was pulled.
(Photo credit VH1)
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