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'Megan Wants a Millionaire' suitor sought in death may have fled U.S.


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/20/2009 

Ryan Jenkins, the Megan Wants a Millionaire suitor who has been deemed a "person of interest" in the death of Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old swimsuit model he had married in March, appears to have successfully fled the United States and returned to his native Canada.

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Police have recovered a car and empty boat trailer belonging to Jenkins at a marina in the northwest Washington state town of Blaine and believe he may taken a boat to another coastal Washington town from which he could have walked across the border into Canada, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office received a Wednesday report that a man matching Jenkins' description was seen arriving in Point Roberts, WA via boat, according to The AP.  Point Roberts is roughly 10 miles from Blaine but located on a peninsula that is only accessible by land from Canada. 

The 32-year-old Jenkins is originally from Calgary, Alberta, which is about 600 miles from Point Roberts.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan told The AP that police agencies across Canada are on the lookout for Jenkins, while acting Calgary Police Chief Al Redford added the city's fugitive apprehension unit is checking with Jenkins' connections in the area.

Fiore was last seen alive with Jenkins at a poker game in San Diego over the weekend, and he reported her missing on Saturday.  Fiore's body was subsequently found in a suitcase by a man who was searching a metal trash bin for recyclables in Los Angeles' Buena Park.  

Police have stated that it appeared Fiore had been strangled, and they want to question Jenkins but have been unable to locate him. 

While Fiore's mom Lisa Lepore previously claimed that she had no knowledge of her daughter and Jenkins being married, she told The AP that the couple did in fact wed at a Las Vegas casino in March after he had returned from filming for Megan Wants a Millionaire

A Clark County, NV marriage certificate confirms the pair was married on March 18, The AP reported.

However Jenkins and Fiore were not still married at the time of Fiore's death, according to Lepore.

"They had a big blowout [in May]," Lepore told The AP. "She had the marriage annulled. She didn't trust him because he was doing (things) behind her back."

Lepore declined to provide specifics on the incident that led to the alleged annulment.

In addition, Clark County court records show Jenkins was charged in June with a misdemeanor count of "battery constituting domestic violence" for hitting Fiore in the arm, according to The AP, which added he was scheduled to be tried in December.

Jenkins reportedly traveled to Mexico to film another upcoming VH1 reality show -- I Love Money 3, which is being produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, the same production company behind Megan Wants a Millionaire -- earlier this summer and had recently been boasting that he had won the reality competition's $250,000 grand prize.

He reportedly returned from filming I Love Money 3 roughly four weeks ago, at which point Lepore claims he tried to win her daughter back.

"He convinced her during that month that he was really the guy for her," Lepore told The AP. "He wrote poems and stories, and prayed, and (claimed he) had this huge spiritual awakening."

VH1 pulled Megan Wants a Millionaire from the air indefinitely after Jenkins was identified as a person of interest by police.

(Photo credit VH1)


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