California charges actor with murder in model's death

Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:52am EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California authorities on Thursday charged a reality TV star with murder in the death of a pin-up model, as they continued a manhunt for him begun soon after the woman's body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

Police suspect Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32, may have fled the state and gone home to Canada after model Jasmine Fiore's body was found in the Southern California town of Buena Park.

Jenkins appeared in the television show "Megan Wants A Millionaire" on VH1, which premiered after completing production in March. But the cable network said it has suspended future airings because of Fiore's death.

The body of Fiore, who was strangled, was found on Saturday inside a suitcase in a trash container.

Police initially said they simply wanted to talk to Jenkins, who had been in a relationship with Fiore, but after they were unable to track him down, authorities on Thursday revealed that they had charged him with murder.

Jenkins had wed Fiore, 28, in Las Vegas this year, but the marriage was reported annulled, according to media reports.

A police lieutenant said Fiore's fingers and teeth had been removed, and prosecutors have asked that Jenkins be held on $10 million bail when he is found.

Authorities in Washington state said a man matching Jenkins' description was seen boarding a boat bound for a remote area where it is possible to walk into Canada.   Continued...

<p>Ryan Alexander Jenkins in an undated photo released by the Buena Park Police Department. REUTERS/Handout</p>