A week after his wife was found dead in a gruesome murder in California, former VH1 reality-show contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins was discovered hanging from a coat rack in a motel room in Canada on Sunday. According to CNN, Jenkins, 32, who was charged with his wife Jasmine Fiore's slaying on Thursday, died in an apparent suicide at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia.
Police had been on a massive manhunt for Jenkins in his native Canada. Earlier on Sunday, Canadian authorities said they had received credible information that he was in the country and had called to turn himself in. According to the hotel's manager, a woman had checked into the hotel three days earlier, saying she needed the room for at least three days, and paid in cash while a man waited outside in a silver PT Cruiser with Alberta license plates. The woman reportedly spent 20 minutes in the room with Jenkins and then was not seen again.
Fiore's body was found on August 15 in a dumpster behind an apartment complex in Buena Park, California. Her teeth and fingers had been removed in what police believed was an attempt to conceal her identity and prolong the investigation. She was eventually identified by a serial number on her breast implants.
Jenkins and Fiore, 28, were last seen together at a poker game the night before her body was found. Jenkins reported the former swimsuit model missing last Saturday night.
The manager of the Thunderbird, Kevin Walker, told the Vancouver Sun that he saw a man now identified as Jenkins walking by his balcony at the motel over the weekend. "But he didn't look like the Ryan Jenkins I'd seen on TV," Walker said. "He looked like a man at the end of his rope, not the muscle-bound macho man you saw on TV." Walker said the man had a sunken face and looked thinner than Jenkins did in the photos released by police. Jenkins' body was found on Sunday when no one came to check out of his room at the required 11 a.m. time.
Jenkins was charged in June with battery for allegedly striking Fiore, according to court records, and she is reported to have requested an annulment of their brief marriage earlier this year. CNN also reported that in 2007, Jenkins pleaded guilty in Calgary, Alberta, to assault in a different case and was sentenced to 15 months probation, ordered to undergo counseling for domestic violence and sex addiction and to stay away from the person involved.
Jenkins was identified as a multi-millionaire investment banker when he appeared on the VH1 reality show "Megan Wants a Millionaire." On Thursday the show's producer, 51Minds, said that it was "not aware of Ryan Jenkins' record" when he was cast, despite what producers believed was a thorough vetting process. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show has been canceled. VH1 executives have not yet decided what to do about the future of "I Love Money 3," another reality show that also includes Jenkins and which has not yet aired.
Police began an intense manhunt for Jenkins last week after his SUV and an empty boat trailer were found in Washington state last week, along with his boat a short distance away, leading them to suspect he had crossed the border into Canada.