Murder suspect may be in Canada
The search for a reality TV contestant wanted for questioning in the death of his ex-wife shifted to his native Canada on Thursday after...
The search for a reality TV contestant wanted for questioning in the death of his ex-wife shifted to his native Canada on Thursday after police said he apparently slipped across the border after driving and boating more than 1,600 kilometers from Southern California.
A car and empty boat trailer belonging to Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32, were found at a marina in the remote northwest Washington town of Blaine. Police want to question Jenkins after the nude body of his ex-wife, a former model, was found stuffed in a suitcase and left in a trash bin in Buena Park.
Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies received a report Wednesday that a man matching Jenkins' description arrived by boat at Point Roberts, Washington, about 16 kilometers from Blaine at the tip of a peninsula. The point is reachable by land only from Canada, and Jenkins is believed to have walked across the border from there.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan said police agencies across Canada are on the lookout for Jenkins.
Police in the Canadian border city of Delta said US authorities contacted them late Wednesday for assistance.
Constable Sharlene Brooks said ground, air and canine units are involved in the search.
If Jenkins is found in Canada, Brooks said he could face charges of entering the country illegally despite his Canadian citizenship.
Jenkins is from Calgary, Alberta, about 965 kilometers east of Point Roberts. Acting Calgary Police Chief Al Redford said a fugitive apprehension unit is checking with Jenkins' connections and associates in the city.
Jenkins was a contestant on the VH1 reality TV show "Megan Wants a Millionaire." Police said he is a "person of interest" in the death of Jasmine Fiore, 28, a former model whose strangled body was found over the weekend.
After taping for the VH1 series finished, Jenkins met Fiore in Las Vegas casino in March and the two soon got married, said Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore.
Court records show that Jenkins was charged in June in Clark County, Nevada, with a misdemeanor count of "battery constituting domestic violence" for allegedly hitting Fiore in the arm and will be tried in December.
Jenkins also has a criminal history in his hometown of Calgary, Canada. He was sentenced to 15 months of probation in January 2007 on an unspecified assault charge, according to the Alberta, Canada Ministry of Justice.
VH1 said it has postponed any future airings of the show. The statement also said that the show was an outside production licensed to VH1, but that it was produced and owned by 51 Minds Entertainment.