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Manhunt for reality TV star intensifies

CANADIAN authorities on Saturday intensified the manhunt for the millionaire reality TV star accused of murdering a former swimsuit model and stuffing her naked, mutilated body in a suitcase.

"We're leaving no stone unturned, but we have to play our cards close to our chest right now," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Duncan Pound.

The search for Ryan Alexander Jenkins, a 32-year-old real estate developer and investor from Calgary, is centered around Vancouver and British Columbia, said Peter Van Loan, Canada's public safety minister.

The Mounted Police are leading the manhunt for Jenkins, who is suspected of strangling Jasmine Fiore and then reporting her missing the evening of August 15 before fleeing.

Jenkins and Fiore met in Las Vegas in March and they married a few weeks later. The couple separated shortly afterward, but had reportedly recently reconciled.

Fiore's body was found in a trash bin in Buena Park, an Orange County city about 32 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles.

Breast implants

Her teeth had been pulled out and her fingers cut off, apparently to impede her identification. Investigators used the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify her, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

Authorities believe Jenkins fled via car, boat and on foot to enter his native Canada.

Both Jenkins and Fiore were involved in the outer circles of the entertainment business.

Fiore was a model who worked mainly in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, doing gigs such as being bodypainted at parties, said Andrea Guevara, a friend who worked with her about five years ago coaching "margarita wrestling" teams - young women tussling each other in swimming pools of green-colored water.

Fiore's looks meant she was often invited to parties, some hosted by celebrities, but she had more than a pretty face and alluring figure, Guevara told reporters in an interview.

"She was very intelligent and well spoken," Guevara said.

"She had a positive energy and was always working. She didn't need to have a boyfriend. She was very happy being herself," he added.


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