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Fugitive Reality Star found DEAD!

1908883.binAccused killer Ryan Jenkins found dead in B.C. motel, police confirm

METRO VANCOUVER — Fugitive Ryan Jenkins, wanted in the murder of his swimsuit model ex-wife, has been found dead in an apparent suicide inside a motel in Hope.

The accused killer was found hanging inside his room at the Thunderbird Motel, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

“Unfortunately this case has an end that nobody would wish for,” said district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.

The district attorney’s office has no intention of charging anybody else with the murder of Jenkins’s ex-wife Jasmine Fiore, Emami said. “Based on the evidence, we believe he was solely responsible.”

Buena Park police will continue to investigate to see if anybody assisted Jenkins after the murder, she added.

RCMP Sgt. Duncan Pound, spokesman for the RCMP’s federal border integrity program, said hotel staff entered the room to check on Jenkins, finding the body.

“At this present time the investigation into the circumstances of his death is continuing, but preliminary evidence suggests he took his own life,” he told a press conference held in Surrey less than an hour ago.

Jenkins’s body was found early Sunday afternoon by Mounties from the Upper Fraser Valley detachment and police were able to confirm its identity just before 5 p.m.

Pound would not say how long Jenkins stayed at the hotel room or how he got there.

“Any further details will not be released at this time as this investigation remains in its infancy,” Pound said.

American authorities and Jenkins’ family have been notified about his death.

Jenkins was charged Aug. 20 in California with murder in the death Jasmine Fiore, whose mutilated body was found stuffed in a suitcase inside a trash bin Aug. 15 in Buena Park, Calif., about 30 kilometres southeast of Los Angeles.

Her fingers and teeth had been removed in an effort to hinder identification. The Orange County coroner used the serial number of her breast implants to make a positive identification.

Fiore, a former model, was last seen alive Thursday night with Jenkins in San Diego. They spent the night at a hotel in the coastal city, but Jenkins left the hotel alone the following morning.

Since his boat was discovered in a marina in Point Roberts, Wash., Wednesday night, there has been speculation by authorities on both sides of the border that Jenkins may have crossed into British Columbia’s Lower Mainland on foot, though so far there is no evidence that he did so. His black BMW SUV and an empty boat trailer were located in Blaine, Wash.

On Saturday, the U. S. Coast Guard issued a statement refuting reports that its vessels had engaged in an aquatic chase with Jenkins as he sped from Blaine to Point Roberts.

Petty officer third class Tara Molle said border protection officials asked the U. S. Coast Guard to help with the search, but a small coast guard response boat did not spot Jenkins’ boat nor engage in a chase. “We did not locate it. It was located (in a marina) by Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office,” Molle said.

With files from Liam Ford and Canwest News Service

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August 24, 2009 - Posted by | Death, Greed, Reality TV | ,

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