08/21/2009 at 06:50 PM EDT
When Jasmine Fiore's body was found in a Dumpster in Buena Park, Calif., Aug. 15, her fingers had been cut off at the second knuckle and all of her teeth had been pulled out. But authorities were still able to identify the swimsuit model from the serial numbers on her breast implants.
"We actually have had several cases where we identified the victim or the defendant in that way," Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Susan Schroeder tells PEOPLE. She says implants carry serial numbers "because of the potential for recalls."
An international manhunt
is on for Fiore's husband, reality TV star Ryan Jenkins, who is believed to have crossed the border into his native Canada.
Fiore's mother, Lisa Lepore, reacted with outrage. "I want to hold him down and pull his teeth out," she tells the New York Daily News
. "We all do."