BUENA PARK, Calif. – Police in California are looking for a Calgary man they say was the last person seen with a former Los Angeles swimsuit model whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase and thrown in a trash bin.
The victim has been identified as Jasmine Fiore and police said she had been strangled.
Lieut. Gary Worrall said police want to speak with Ryan Alexander Jenkins who reported her missing Saturday night. Jenkins and Fiore were married at one time although Fiore’s mother said the marriage had been annulled.
“We attempted to contact Mr. Jenkins to get more information and we’ve been unable to get in touch with him,” Worrall told The Canadian Press from Buena Park, Calif.
The website TMZ.com said Jenkins was among the final contestants on the reality TV show “Megan Wants a Millionaire,” which airs on VH1.
Lisa Lepore, Fiore’s mother, said her 28-year-old daughter married Jenkins in Las Vegas in March but had the marriage annulled in May. However, she said Jenkins convinced her daughter to take him back.
Fiore had recently moved to Los Angeles from Las Vegas and had appeared in an ad for Howard Stern’s radio show.
Worrall said Jenkins was last seen with Fiore Friday evening in San Diego, Calif.
“He was the last person to be seen with her and driving a vehicle which was also associated with her and he’s not returning our calls so we’ve determined him to be a person of interest in this investigation.”
On Tuesday evening, TMZ website quoted Jenkins’ publicist as saying “Ryan is currently speaking to his attorney and will fully co-operate with the police in this matter.”
The publicist, who was not named, also said Jenkins is planning on meeting with police “in the near future.”
But Worrall said police were not taking any chances.
“We know he is a resident of Canada so we’ve tried to alert various media outlets to get the word out in hopes that the public will be able to assist with locating him so we can talk to him.”