Thursday, September 10, 2009
Fiore's modeling and commercial work helped sell everything from bathing suits to phone sex. But, for all her ability to attract men, friends say, something was always missing for Fiore.
I knew she looked familiar!
Friday, September 4, 2009
The sister of the reality show contestant who was suspected of murdering his bikini model wife before killing himself in a remote Canadian motel said she still believes her brother is innocent. "I hold onto the thought that he couldn't possibly do this," Alena Jenkins told "Good Morning America" today in an exclusive interview about her brother,Ryan Jenkins. "Until proven without a doubt I have to say my brother is innocent." Jenkins, 32, was the only suspect in last month's murder of his wife, former bikini model Jasmine Fiore, 28. "He seemed somewhat normal, but he was very, very distraught over his wife," Alena Jenkins said, recalling a conversation she had with her brother before a warrant was issued for his arrest. Alena Jenkins said her brother, 13 years older than she, told her that he loved his wife and that he was "very, very upset."
Just four days before she was brutally murdered, Jasmine Fiore shared a romantic moment on a Southern California beach with a man who wasn't her husband, Ryan Jenkins.
The man in the photos is Michael Cardosi --Jasmine's ex-husband -- a man who had been locked up in prison for the last three years.
The photos were taken on the day he was released from the slammer -- Tuesday, August 11.
In the pics, the two can be seen hugging, smiling, touching and even sharing a kiss. In the photo below, you can see she's not wearing her wedding ring.
Cardosi's mother, Winnie Humphreys, tells us the two were ecstatic to see each other during the two-day reunion -- adding Jasmine had kept in touch with Michael throughout his stint in prison.
Cops believe Jasmine was murdered by her husband, Ryan Jenkins, in the early hours on Friday, August 14. Cardosi was sent back to the slammer on Sunday, August 16 for violating the terms of his probation.
Buena Park police told us they don't know if Jenkins ever found out about Jasmine's time on the beach with her ex -- but cops tell us "jealousy was the most obvious motive for this murder."
Friday, August 28, 2009
Cops tell TMZ Ryan Jenkins made a combined 30 phone calls and text messages between the hours of 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM on August 14 -- hours after they believe Jasmine Fiore had been murdered.
Here's the rundown: Buena Park police think Ryan Jenkins severely beat Jasmine after they left the San Diego Hilton hotel at 2:30 AM on the 14th. Jenkins was seen entering the L'Auberge Del Mar hotel in San Diego at 4:30 AM alone. Cops believe Jasmine was taken into the hotel through a back patio entrance, which does not have a security camera.
A small amount of blood and hair was found on the patio. Cops say they never saw Jenkins leave the hotel with the suitcase Jasmine was found in. They think Ryan put her in the suitcase and took her out through the patio, because he was finally seen leaving the hotel without her or the suitcase at 9:20 AM. It's unclear if Jasmine died in the hotel or in the car.
Cops say Jenkins made around 30 phone calls and texts between the time he left San Diego at 9:20 AM and arrived in Los Angeles at 5 PM. During this time, cops believe Ryan drove to Corona, pulled off-road and removed her teeth and fingertips -- then dropped her body off in Buena Park before driving to Los Angeles. Cops won't say who he called and texted.
AND GET THIS: Cops say once Ryan arrived in L.A., he sent his and Jasmine's wedding rings to Las Vegas via Fed-Ex with instructions to be cleaned. Cops say he never picked up the rings, which are now in the possession of the Buena Park Police Department.
Buena Park police are holding a press conference right now about Jasmine Fiore's murder and said there were blood splatters inside her Mercedes -- the car they found yesterday abandoned in a parking lot in West Hollywood.
Cops say there was definitely a "struggle between two people in the car." Cops say there was more significant blood loss in the back seat of the car. The inside of the car had been wiped down and the outside was recently washed.
It appears a lot of hair pulling occurred. There was blood splatter on the back windshield. Cops say the only trauma on Jasmine was to her face and she had a broken nose.
Cops say the car had definitely gone off-road at some point -- there were mud stains on the tires and there were twigs caught in the undercarriage.
There's no reason to believe her teeth were removed while she was inside the vehicle -- but there were fragments of her teeth in the suitcase she was found inside, so they can assume her teeth were removed with her in or around the suitcase.
Cops say she could have "easily fit in the suitcase."
Cops say her fingers were cut off at the tips postmortem. A few pieces of her bloody clothing were found in the trunk. Cops say they are still looking for certain articles of her clothing.
Both suspect and victim were seen entering her Mercedes at the San Diego Hilton at 2:30 AM on the morning of August 14 -- it's believed they were at a poker party at the Hilton. Jasmine was never seen again. Later that morning, Jenkins was seen leaving the L'Auberge Del Mar -- the hotel where they were staying at in San Diego -- at 9:20 AM. The next time he was seen on video was at 5 PM at his residence in Los Angeles.
This is the big mystery ... where was Jasmine when Ryan was seen checking out of the L'Auberge?
Cops say Ryan possibly assaulted her in the vehicle near Corona -- 96 miles north of San Diego -- between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM. The car possibly went off road during the assault. The area where the car went off road may be where he assaulted her further. The next day she was found in the trash. A witness saw Ryan in Buena Park near the area where her body was dumped.
They say the Corona area is of interest because her suitcase and other remains may be in that area.
Another question: Could she have been killed before Ryan was seen leaving the L'Auberge? Ryan could have used the "off-road" area near Corona to remove her teeth and fingertips, etc.
A preliminary report by the coroner says she was killed by strangulation. Some sort of violent act occurred in her Mercedes. Cops say she was either killed in the car or at the hotel.
A bladed sharp instrument was used to cut her fingertips off, they don't know exactly what.
The severing of her fingers was definitely done postmortem. Her nose was broken and she sustained head injuries. Pliers could have been used to pull her teeth out. There were fragments of her teeth in the suitcase.
Cops say it was a domestic violence case gone bad ... and it was all over "jealousy." They would not specify further.
Jasmine's Mercedes was abandoned 1.3 miles from Ryan and Jasmine's residence in Los Angeles.
Cops say there's evidence there was flailing of arms consistent with a struggle inside the Mercedes. Cops say the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not been very forthcoming with evidence found at the motel where Jenkins killed himself ... including whether or not there was a suicide note.
Jenkins suitcase -- the one he left the L'Auberge with -- was found in a storage facility in Washington state. Cops say one of the suitcases he left the hotel with is similar in size and color to the one Jasmine was found inside.
Cops say Ryan had no help from anyone in California. They say Ryan drove to Nevada then up to Washington.
Cops also say there was no evidence of sexual assault on Jasmine.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The car belonging to murdered swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore has been discovered by police in Los Angeles, according to The AP.
Ric Burciaga, from the Buena Park Police, has claimed that the vehicle was found in a West Hollywood car park after an anonymous tip was received on Wednesday.
A witness is believed to have told officers that the car had been parked there since the day of Fiore's death.
The vehicle has now been impounded and taken to a laboratory where tests will be conducted in an attempt to find evidence related to the murder.
Fiore's body was found in an Orange County park on August 15. Former reality star Ryan Alexander Jenkins, a contestant on VH1's Megan Wants A Millionaire, was later charged with her murder.
His body was discovered at a Canadian motel last Sunday with preliminary reports suggesting that he took his own life.