Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore
Splash News Online, Ethan Miller/Getty
08/20/2009 at 01:05 PM EDT
Police in Washington have confirmed reports
that Canadian-born Ryan Jenkins, who is a "person of interest" in the Los Angeles-area murder
of his wife Jasmine Fiore, has successfully entered Canada.
At approximately 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, the Whatcom County Sheriff's office in Bellingham received information that Jenkins was "attempting to make his way into Canada," Sergeant Kevin Mead of Whatcom Sheriff's Office says in a press line telephone recording.
Authorities from the Whatcom Sheriff's Office, the Blaine Police Department, and agents from immigration, customs and border patrol descended on nearby Blaine, Wash., a coastal town located about 22 miles away, where they located Jenkins's abandoned black SUV and an empty boat trailer at the local marina.
Jenkins was suspected of having headed to Point Roberts, Wash., a small community located at the southern end of a peninsula that is accessible by land only through Canada.
"Deputies received a report from a citizen that she had observed a boat being driven into the marina by a male matching Mr. Jenkins's description, and the male was acting suspiciously," says Sergeant Mead. "A short time later, deputies located that boat abandoned in the marina, and an intense manhunt ensued utilizing customs and a border protection helicopter ... and assistance from the U.S. Marshal.
"The search failed to locate Mr. Jenkins, and it is believed that he was able to successfully cross the border into Canada on-foot. Canadian authorities were advised and they assisted us from their side, but were also unsuccessful in locating him."
Over the weekend, the remains Jenkins's wife were discovered folded into a suitcase in a trash receptacle in Buena Park, Calif.
Jenkins, a contestant on Megan Wants a Millionaire
and I Love Money 3
(and a successful real-estate developer), "was the last person seen with the victim when she was still alive," said Buena Park police Lt. Gary Worrall.
Jenkins, 32, was also the one who reported his wife missing.