Suspect in model murder still loose

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by KING5.com Staff and Associated Press

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Posted on August 21, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 29 at 10:53 AM

SEATTLE - KING 5 News has confirmed that an airline passenger detained in Toronto Friday night is not the suspect in the high profile murder of model Jasmine Fiore.

The Vancouver Province reported Friday that Ryan Alexander Jenkins was arrested getting off an Air Canada flight. The Province cited a police source, saying it was Jenkins.

However, Peel Regional Police Sgt. Keith Brodie tells KING 5 News that the man who was taken off the plane was not Jenkins, but bears a striking resemblance to the murder suspect.

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Fiore's nude body was found in a suitcase in an Orange County, Calif. trash bin on Saturday.

Jenkins appeared on the show "Megan Wants a Millionaire" and married Fiore in a quickie Las Vegas wedding in March.

Police said Thursday that Jenkins, 32, removed the teeth and fingers of 28-year-old Fiore, presumably to impede authorities in their efforts to identify the naked body, which was found stuffed in a suitcase in a California trash bin over the weekend.

A California district attorney's office spokeswoman says Fiore was identified through the serial number from her breast implants because detectives couldn't use fingerprints or dental records.

Friends and family members, including Fiore's mother, sobbed at a news conference Thursday as a former boyfriend begged for help in capturing Jenkins.

"This message goes out to the family, his mother and father and to the friends that are helping him try to leave this country. Ryan Jenkins is an animal, what he has done to Jasmine is unspeakable and it's just not right and I'd appreciate your help," said Robert Hasman, Fiore's former boyfriend..

A car and empty boat trailer belonging to Jenkins were found at a marina in Blaine, Wash.

Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies received a report Wednesday that a man matching Jenkins' description arrived by boat at Point Roberts, Wash., about 10 miles 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.

The Coast Guard on Friday said an earlier report that it had been involved in a water chase of Jenkins was not accurate.

VH1 executives announced Friday they have cancelled "Megan Wants a Millionaire," in which wealthy young men tried to win over a materialistic blonde.

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