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California murder suspect found dead in Canada


Ryan Jenkins, a cast member on two reality TV shows who was accused by police in California in the killing of his former wife, was found dead in Canada on Sunday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Jenkins, a 31-year-old native of Canada, was identified last week as the primary suspect in the murder of Jasmine Fiore, whose body was found in Buena Park, Orange County, California, on Aug 15.

An employee at a hotel in British Columbia found Jenkins’ body on Sunday.

“Preliminary evidence suggests that he took his own life,” said Sergeant Duncan Pound of the Mounted Police’s border integrity unit.

Police responded to a call from motel staff about a dead person in Hope, east of Vancouver, and then called investigators who were part of the massive manhunt for Jenkins, Pound said.

He said police don’t yet know how long Jenkins was at the motel before his body was discovered.

Jenkins was identified through fingerprints and his family was notified before police went public with news.

The motel manager who said he found Jenkins hanging from the bar of a clothing rack also said a young woman had checked him in.

The manager said the woman paid cash for three days, and when the couple didn’t check out, he unlocked the room and found Jenkins dead.

The 32-year-old real estate developer and investor was wanted in California on first-degree murder charges after Fiore’s dismembered body was found in a trash bin.

Fiore’s teeth had been pulled out and her fingers cut off, apparently to impede her identification. Investigators used the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify her, prosecutors said.

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