At a press conference on Thursday (August 27), Buena Park, California, police provided a timeline of the murder of former bikini model Jasmine Fiore allegedly by ex-husband and VH1 reality-show contestant Ryan Jenkins. Police described the frightening struggle that likely took place in the victim's car before her death.
Fiore's abandoned Mercedes was found on Wednesday (August 19) in a parking lot in West Hollywood and, according to TMZ, police said its interior showed definite signs of a struggle between two people. Jenkins — who police believe committed suicide in a Canadian motel room last weekend while on the run from authorities — was charged with murder in the case.
Police indicated there were signs of significant blood loss in the backseat of the car, but that the interior had been wiped down and the exterior had recently been washed. In addition to signs of blood loss, police believe that the struggle involved hair pulling, and they detected blood splatter on the back windshield. Police also believe the only trauma inflicted on Fiore while she was alive was to her face, which resulted in a broken nose. They theorize the killer did not remove Fiore's teeth or cut off her fingers in the car, though some of her bloody clothes were found in the trunk. Fragments of her teeth were discovered in the suitcase in which she was found, which was discarded in a dumpster in Buena Park.
According to a police timeline, Jenkins and Fiore were getting into her Mercedes at the San Diego Hilton at 2:30 a.m. on August 14, and later that morning Jenkins was seen leaving the hotel they were staying in while in San Diego, L'Auberge Del Mar, around 9:20 a.m. Fiore was never seen again after leaving the Hilton, but Jenkins was spotted on video at his home in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. on August 14.
Police believe Jenkins assaulted Fiore in her car near Corona, California — 96 miles north of San Diego — between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the car showing signs that it was driven off-road at some point. The area where it went off the highway may be where Jenkins assaulted Fiore. Jenkins was reportedly seen by a witness in the Buena Park area near the spot where Fiore's body was abandoned.
The preliminary coroner's report says Fiore was strangled to death, but TMZ reported that police believe she was killed either in her car or at the hotel. Buena Park detectives noted that Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not shared much information on what evidence was found in the room in which Jenkins is believed to have committed suicide, including whether or not he left a note.