Friends and family of the late Jasmine Fiore reacted on Monday (August 24) to the news that her husband, Ryan Jenkins, had been found dead of an apparent suicide in Canada on Sunday, more than a week after police say he murdered the former swimsuit model.
"It brings some closure to what's going on," Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore, told the "Today" show on Monday. Saying she had mixed feelings about Jenkins' death, Lepore took some comfort in knowing that her son-in-law, who was considered armed and dangerous and was the subject of a six-day cross-border manhunt, is "no longer a threat." Despite his death, she said, "We still have a long process of closure," adding that she was disappointed that his suicide ended the possibility that he would be tried for his alleged crimes.
"I think no one will ever know that this man was a professional con man," she said. "He targeted women. ... He wanted to be something he wasn't."
Jenkins was a contestant on the now-canceled VH1 reality show "Megan Wants a Millionaire," where he was described as a multi-millionaire investment banker. He was also set to appear on the network's upcoming "I Love Money 3."
Sitting alongside Lepore at the interview was one of Fiore's ex-boyfriends, Robert Hasman, who said he was "happy Ryan killed himself." According to NBC, Hasman was one of the last people to have any contact with Fiore before her murder on August 15. There has been some speculation that Jenkins may have killed Fiore because of his jealousy over alleged text messages from one of her former boyfriends.
The on-again-off-again relationship between Jenkins and Fiore apparently was on in June and then again in August. But Hasman said he spent time with Fiore in Los Cabos, Mexico, last month, and he told TMZ that on the night before her death, he received texts from her, including one in which she said she wanted to come see him.
Fiore's former fiancé, Travis Heinrich, told Us Weekly that he was feeling "bittersweet" about Jenkins' death.
"On one hand, I'm happy he's dead," Heinrich said of Jenkins, 32, who married Fiore on March 18 in Las Vegas after they dated for a short time. "But on the other hand, I'm pissed he won't have to answer for what he did. ... I'm frustrated that there are still so many unanswered questions."
Jenkins reported Fiore missing two weeks ago, and authorities found her strangled body on August 15 stuffed inside a suitcase and discarded in a Dumpster in Buena Park, California. Shortly after her body was found, Jenkins disappeared. Authorities believed that he fled for his native Canada on foot, crossing the border somewhere in Washington state after abandoning his car and driving his boat to a spot near the Canadian border.