Police Identify Mystery Woman in Ryan Jenkins Investigation
Police have identified the mystery woman who checked Ryan Jenkins into the motel in which he was found dead, but will not reveal her identity as they continue investigating Jenkins' death and whether he received help eluding authorities.
"We don't want to identify this individual," Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a news conference Monday. "This is not someone we feel is a risk to the public."
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The woman, currently a person of interest, could be charged with aiding Jenkins' illegal escape into Canada and as an accessory after the fact in the murder of Jenkins's ex-wife, Jasmine Fiore, Pound said.
Jenkins, 32, was charged with murder in the death of Fiore, whose body was found without teeth and fingers in a trash bin in Buena Park, Calif., on Aug. 15. Her body was so mutilated that she was identified by the serial numbers on her breast implants, prosecutors said. Jenkins evaded police for days, crossing into his native Canada, before his body was found hanging by a belt at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia, on Sunday.
Buena Park police told TVGuide.com authorities are continuing their investigation to "make sure no one else is involved in the crime."
A woman, described by motel manager Kevin Walker as blonde and in her 20s, checked Jenkins into the Thunderbird Motel on Thursday. Jenkins, a Calgary native, stayed inside a Chrysler PT Cruiser with tinted windows and Alberta license plates while the woman paid in cash for a three-night stay, Walker told the Associated Press. When the pair didn't check out as scheduled, he unlocked the room and found Jenkins dead. Pound said police are looking into the woman's presence and action at the motel.
Police seized materials from the room, but Pound declined to specify what they were. He said RCMP are focusing on the circumstances in which Jenkins entered Canada and his death.
Jenkins and Fiore, 28, met and married in March. The couple got an annulment, but later reconciled.
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Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore, said on Monday's Today show that she had a mixed reaction to Jenkins' death. "It brings some closure to what's been going on. We don't have to worry about looking for him anymore or being worried that he is a threat to any other women or men," she said. "We still have a long process of closure."
Jenkins, a real-estate developer, was a contestant on VH1's Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3, the latter of which was scheduled to air in 2010. Both series are now canceled, VH1 Communications VP Scott Acord told TVGuide.com.
Jenkins had a criminal record unbeknownst to 51 Minds, the production company behind Megan, the company said last week. He was sentenced to 15 months probation in January 2007 on an unspecified assault charge in Calgary and was charged with hitting Fiore on the arm in June.
"In addition to our own in-house productions, we work with outside production companies who in turn work with outside verification companies. Everyone has a role to play in the hundreds of hours of original programming that we develop each year," Acord said. "Something went wrong here, so we're all looking at the process to make sure it doesn't happen again."