"I totally believe that my son was innocent of this crime and believe that the last three days of his life were spent alone in a hotel room watching the media report that he was the brutal killer of his own wife. On television it was as if he had been tried and convicted. I think in his loneliness and despair he simply gave up," Dan said in a lengthy written statement released to Canadian media outlets over the weekend.
"Ryan was an amazing young man. Everyone loved him. He was smart and talented and excelled at everything he ever attempted -- from business to his athletic endeavors. He will be missed by me forever. It has been a week of absolute despair and I am deeply angered by his loss. I remain absolutely convinced that this gentle sweet young man was absolutely incapable of this crime."
One of Dan's biggest contradictions to what police are alleging concerns why Ryan was traveling to his native Canada in the days immediately following the discovery of Fiore's body on August 15.
Fiore was reported missing by Ryan at a West Hollywood sheriff's station only hours after police had discovered her body. He told a deputy that Fiore had gone missing after running errands and that he hadn't seen her since the night of August 14.
On the morning of August 16, surveillance cameras at the couple's penthouse showed Ryan leaving and police claim he traveled to Nevada to pick-up his speed boat.
He was subsequently contacted by an LAPD detective on August 17 about the missing person's report he filed and claimed he was in Utah and headed to Canada to resolve some alleged immigration issues.
However Dan said in his statement that Ryan was returning to Canada at the behest of his mother, who called her son on August 16.
"Ryan told her that Jasmine had disappeared again and he was feeling miserable. His mom suggested to him, as any mother would, to pack up and come home to Canada. Ryan finally said OK, packed his things in L.A., drove to their Las Vegas apartment, picked up his belongings and his boat and drove northward to Canada," said Dan.
"He said he had reported Jasmine missing since she would usually call her mom or girlfriends when she disappeared and this time no one had heard from her -- he was genuinely concerned and worried about her."
Dan then claims that he talked to Ryan on August 17.
"I was on a holiday when Ryan called to tell me he was driving home to Canada. He sadly recounted that Jasmine had left him again. He said they had returned from San Diego early Friday evening, she had gone out saying she needed to run an errand and had not come back. By late Saturday afternoon, he went to the LAPD and reported her missing," said Dan in the statement.
"I was concerned and asked what the police department thought about him traveling north. He said that he had been in contact with them and given them his phone number and his licence plate and location. I told him to make sure that he stayed in contact with them and we both hoped she would show up in the next few days."
Police claim Ryan made "multiple calls" from his cell phone and contacted an attorney at least once on his way to Canada. The attorney attempted to persuade Ryan -- who had already been named a "person of interest" in Fiore's death -- to turn himself in, according to police.
"It is my recollection that Ryan talked briefly with his Vancouver lawyer on Thursday morning and agreed to call him later on Thursday and that he would surrender to the police," said Dan. "With all the media attention, he was probably afraid and never did return his call."
Dan added that he learned of Fiore's death on August 19 and subsequently got in contact with his son that afternoon.
"I got a call from Ryan that afternoon from Birch Bay. I told him that I had heard that Jasmine had been found murdered," reads the statement. "He was in shock and broke down crying."
Police allege Ryan arrived in Blaine, WA and dumped his car at a marina and used his speed boat to travel approximately 15 miles to Point Roberts, WA while eluding the pursuit of both U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian authorities. A man matching Jenkins' description was seen arriving in Point Roberts on a boat on August 19.
Upon arriving in Point Roberts, Ryan is believed to have crossed the isolated Canadian border on foot.
While Dan previously stated his son was on his way home at his mother's request, he also stated Ryan most likely "panicked" when deciding to abandon his vehicle and use his boat to cross the border illegally.
"I assume he panicked and thinking he might be a suspect, he jumped in his boat and drove to Point Roberts so he could reach Vancouver where much of his family lived," said Dan.
"I caught a plane to Vancouver the next morning and was detained at the airport -- the authorities said they wanted to find Ryan for illegal entry into Canada. While I was in line at customs he called me but I was told to hang up the phone -- cell phones were not allowed. Tragically, that was the last time I heard my son's voice."
Ryan was charged with murdering Fiore on August 20 -- the same day he was allegedly checked into the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia by a woman who paid $140 cash (Canadian) for a three-night stay before another motel guest saw her leave shortly thereafter.
While authorities claim they know the identity of the woman, she will not be charged since a Canadian arrest warrant was not issued until the day after Ryan was checked into the motel.
Ryan was found dead on August 23 after allegedly hanging himself in the motel.
Ryan and Fiore were married in March in a quickie Las Vegas wedding after he had finished filming for VH1's Megan Wants a Millionaire reality dating series.
"Our family was shocked, but it was done. I never got a chance to meet Jasmine. They flew to Calgary while I was away on a business trip. Before I got back they had left to go to Jasmine's grandmother's funeral," said Dan in the statement.
In addition, Dan described Ryan and Fiore's relationship as "passionate and tumultuous" -- as Ryan was charged in June with a misdemeanor count of battery constituting domestic violence for hitting her in the arm. He was scheduled to be tried in December.
"Shortly after they were married, they were attending a pool party at a Vegas hotel when Ryan turned around and saw Jasmine kissing a stranger. He grabbed her hand and tried to leave. They argued, he pushed her away and she fell in the pool," claimed Dan, recounting Ryan's side of the incident in his statement.
"He spent two horrific days in jail -- for pushing someone in a swimming pool!! Sometime later he would say to me, 'Dad -- I cannot spend another day in jail for questioning -- not one more day -- I would rather die' -- a foretelling of the tragic events to unfold months later."
Dan claimed Ryan told him that Fiore would "disappear for days on end, which hurt him deeply."
"Ryan came to Calgary to wrap up some business affairs in June and confided in me that his life was not the storybook fairy tale that everyone believed," said Dan. "I pleaded with Ryan to get out of this dysfunctional relationship but he said he couldn't -- that he was in love and she was his wife and that he was trying to make it work."
After traveling to Mexico to film I Love Money 3 and returning in late July or early August, Dan said Ryan was optimistic about his relationship with Fiore.
"In an e-mail to his sister he told her how in love with Jasmine he was and that they were very happy," said Dan.
Dan also had a series of questions for authorities that he believes prove his son didn't murder Fiore.
"If Ryan had done such a thing, would he have filed a missing person's report? Would he have listened to his mom and driven home to Canada?" asked Dan.
"If he was guilty of this crime, would he have casually driven to Las Vegas to collect his things, pull his boat out of the water and driven slowly north? Would he have talked with his lawyer in Vancouver?"
Regardless of the fact that he professes his son's innocence, Dan said he knows the police need to conduct their investigation.
"I understand that the police department is making progress in the case and once I am in better shape I intend to offer a reward for the capture of her killer," the statement concludes. "I offer my sincerest condolences for Jasmine's family. Not only have two lives been lost but two families have been destroyed."
(Photo credit VH1)
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