Car of 'Megan Wants a Millionaire's Ryan Jenkins' alleged victim found
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/26/2009
Authorities have located the vehicle that belonged to Jasmine Fiore, who was allegedly murdered by Megan Wants a Millionaire bachelor Ryan Jenkins.
An anonymous telephone tip led to the recovery of Fiore's white Mercedes-Benz in a West Hollywood parking lot next to a grocery store, Buena Park police Detective Eric Burciaga told The Associated Press in a Wednesday report.
Jenkins and Fiore checked into a San Diego hotel on August 13 and while he checked out the next morning, Fiore was never seen alive again.
The body of the 28-year-old swimsuit model was found August 15 stuffed in a suitcase in a Buena Park, CA trash can -- leading authorities to charge Jenkins with murder last Thursday.
A witness told police the Mercedes-Benz had been parked in the lot since Fiore's death, according to The AP, which added a note slipped under the windshield wiper read, "This is a private parking lot. Unattended vehicles may be towed at owner's expense."
Police alleged Jenkins removed Fiore's teeth and fingers prior to disposing of her body, presumably to hinder efforts to identify her, however authorities used the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify the body. A preliminary coroner's report showed Fiore was strangled.
While police have yet to find a murder scene, authorities claim Fiore could have been killed inside the recently recovered car before her body was disposed of, according to The AP.
Investigators did not try to open the vehicle in the parking lot and were not able to see inside due to its tinted windows, according to The AP, which added a tow truck was called to transport it from the scene.
"[An examination of the car] could take quite awhile because they're going to be very methodical going through it," Tom Hession, chief inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service's regional fugitive task force, told The AP.
Following the discovery of Fiore's body, the 32-year-old Jenkins was able to elude authorities who searched for the Calgary, Alberta native along the U.S. and Canadian border.
While Fiore's mom Lisa Lepore has previously claimed the couple had the marriage annulled in May, there are no court records of an annulment in either Clark County, NV, which is where they were married, or in Los Angeles County, where they most recently lived.