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Ryan Jenkins Charged with Murder

8/20/2009 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the Orange County D.A. has charged Ryan Jenkins for the murder of his wife Jasmine Fiore.

Fiore's body was found Saturday morning stuffed in a suitcase which was thrown in a dumpster in Buena Park, CA.

It appears Jenkins has fled to Canada. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

We do not know if the charge is 1st or 2nd degree murder.

The D.A. is holding a news conference at 4 PM PT today. We'll be live streaming the whole thing.

Story developing...

Murdered Model's Shotgun Wedding -- The Pics

It wasn't long ago that Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore were happily getting hitched in Las Vegas -- after only knowing each other for a few days.

Ryan Jenkins & Jasmine Fiore

We're told the couple tied the knot at the Little White Wedding Chapel on March 18 of this year.

Cops have been looking for Ryan since he reported Jasmine missing last Saturday -- the same day she was found stuffed in a suitcase and thrown in a dumpster in Orange County, CA.

Email from Suspect to Victim: 'I Love You'

We've obtained an email from Ryan Jenkins to Jasmine Fiore less than 3 weeks before she was murdered. Jenkins, who is now a "potential suspect" in her murder, has now fled to Canada.

Ryan Jenkins Jasmine Fiore

In the email, Jenkins writes, "Your (sic) my angel, despite what we've done to each other."

Jenkins was charged with battery in June for allegedly brutalizing Jasmine.


Reality Star Jenkins Flees to Canada

Sheriff's deputies in Washington state now tell TMZ that they believe Ryan Alexander Jenkins has escaped to Canada by foot.

Jenkins is Canadian, and cops in California wanted to talk to him about the death of his wife, model Jasmine Fiore. Her body was found in a suitcase in Orange County last weekend. Customs tells us Jenkins is now a "potential suspect" in her killing.

Here's what we know straight from the Whatcom County Sheriff's Dept. in Washington State, which is just over the border from Canada:

- Yesterday evening a witness reported seeing someone matching Jenkins' description driving a black BMW SUV (we know he owned one) with a boat in tow in a marina which is extremely close to the Canadian border.

- A short time later deputies found the boat and the SUV abandoned.

- A manhunt then began for Jenkins by land, sea, and air, conducted by federal agents, deputies, cops, and Canadian authorities.

- They were unable to find Jenkins and now think that he literally made a run for the border -- crossing over by foot.

Honduras May be Jenkins' Final Destination

We've learned Ryan Jenkins -- the "potential suspect" in the murder of his wife, Jasmine Fiore -- has deep ties to an island off Honduras.

Jenkins' dad, Dan -- an architect -- helped develop a resort on the island of Roatan. He's credited as the "developer, president and architect" of the project. A rep from SOSA Airline in Honduras tells us Dan owns a 19-seat private jet.

Authorities believe Jenkins has fled to Canada. That country will not extradite someone charged with a death penalty offense in the United States. Of course, if Jenkins is charged with a non-capital crime, he could be extradited.

Honduras also provides for extradition, but only to the suspect's home country -- which we believe is Canada.

Jenkins Allegedly Struck Wife

We've just obtained a copy of the domestic violence criminal complaint filed against Ryan Jenkins for allegedly striking Jasmine Fiore.

The complaint charges Jenkins with the crime of "battery constituting domestic violence." According to the doc, On April 22, 2009, Jenkins allegedly struck Jasmine "in the arm with his fist."

The alleged incident occurred in Las Vegas. The complaint was filed on June 12, 2009.

As we first reported, Jenkins was also convicted of assaulting another girlfriend in 2005 in Calgary Canada.

Text Message -- Key Clue in Model Murder

Jasmine FloreSources tell TMZ cops have spoken with a man who was involved with the murdered model -- and a text message he received the last night of her life may be the key to unlocking this mystery.

Here's what multiple sources tell TMZ. The victim, Jasmine Fiore, and her husband, Ryan Jenkins (the "person of interest") were in San Diego for a poker tournament last Friday. At some point in the evening, Fiore texted Robert Hasman, a former boyfriend with whom she was involved before meeting Jenkins.

We're told Jenkins not only knew of Hasman, he was upset Hasman had been communicating with his wife while Jenkins was in Mexico shooting a reality show.

We're told Fiore texted Hasman on Friday night, saying she was going to travel to Las Vegas to see him.

Later that same evening, we're told Hasman received another text from Fiore's phone that just said, "suck it."

Police are exploring a theory that Jenkins may have seen the text Fiore sent to Hasman and then fired off the "suck it" message out of anger.

Fiore's body was stuffed in a suitcase and placed in a dumpster in Orange County, CA. Jenkins was the last person to see her and the one who reported her missing on Saturday night. He is now MIA. Cops say they are "suspicious" of Jenkins but he is not yet a suspect.


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live like a ho, die like a ho.

nobody's gonna miss this bimbo-world's probably better off without her.

1860 days ago


homegirl was married yet texting her ex to meet her up in las vegas...of course the husband is gonna go crazy.

if he killed her, that's wrong..but if she was cheating on him with the ex (and who knows what else), maybe she was asking for it (to be dealt with.)

1860 days ago

Jennifer is just crazy that the world we live in don't check people background so signs of danger. To think that, Megan would be wanting to meet someone just for money rather than making her own is in itself is crazy. But to not know that the guy she probably could have end up with was a MURDER is way off the charts. LADIES.......Please know who you let in your circle of life.....the next person could be RYAN JENKINS. God Bless Everyone.

1860 days ago

Denise Hollar-Hambrook    

If I were part of the Investigation.....I'd track him and drag his ass back over the Canadian border to the U.S. and nail him.....I sure as heck hope he does'nt have someone in a "private plane" to pick him up at some point.....MURDER in the First Degree is what this boils down to....

1860 days ago


The last line reads: Cops say their "suspicious" but he is not yet a suspect.
TMZ: Who is your editor? You are always first in reporting but I always wonder how accurate you are!!!!!!!!!!

1860 days ago


She's UGLY!

1860 days ago


Wow, it's unbelievable that this girl was tragically murdered and people are commenting about her looks, her personality (without having known her) but no one is commenting on the murder itself. Whether she was money hungry, full of herself, ugly, or whatever else anyone wants to label her as, that does not give anyone the right to take it into their hands and commit such a horrible act. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

1860 days ago


how did she die? i mean how was she murdered?

1860 days ago


It doesn't matter if she was beautifl or not...(Which I think she was.) The point is that someones daughter was killed, stuffed in a suitcase, and thrown in a she was just someone's bag of trash. Imagine raising your child, and loving them for 28 years just to have some pathetic piece of s*it take them from you, and in such an awful way. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. I hope the loser a*shole that did this to her fries and rotts. R.I.P. baby girl...You're in a better place now.

1860 days ago


Sorry, but some of you think that she was so artificial and 'ugly' that she deserved to die. Those are not viable criminal offenses. Realize that beauty is IN the eye of the beholder--her husband thought she was lovely enough to marry at one time. He never asked any of you for your opinion--he made up his own mind--that is ALL that counts. But I guess he changed his mind when she came across as unfaithful to him but still, that was NO reason to kill her. He should have just let her go. Too bad for her, AND--too bad for him--he made the wrong decision and he must eventually pay for it. There is a lesson here for ALL of us...if you are ever JEALOUS & you lack SELF-CONTROL, this COULD happen to YOU! So, why not teach this to our kids while they are still impressionable.

1860 days ago


Wow She has the same smile in all the pictures her face is fake lol

1860 days ago


Oh my god, what is wrong with that woman's face? She looks like a live Barbie doll? It's scary.

1860 days ago


OMG, how dare you people make fun of how she looked!!! That is sad that you could be so heartless! She was a beautiful woman and didnt deserve to be murdered by this idiot man! My thoughts an prayers are with the family, and I hope he gets whats coming to him.

1860 days ago

erica p    

wow! i cant believe that this is crazy! he was a contestant on megan wants a millionaire i wonder what she thinks now that she has seen this!

1860 days ago


FYI...just know that having plastic surgery is not a valid reason to die. It just shows some insecurity IF she indeed had is NOT a crime! We ALL have insecurities and we each learn to deal with it individually. Some choose to cope with life by taking on addictive behaviors like drinking and porn, which are very more self-destructive than plastic surgery. And remember that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. Some think she was lovely, inside AND out and others think she was plain "ugly," that is not surprising. It's just that when I see mean-spiritedness at play in some of these comments, that IS surprising! Know that someone lost a daughter/friend here and THIS is all we can come up with?!? That is pretty shallow stuff, folks! Pretty shallow!

1860 days ago
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