August 23, 2009

Man arrested in Toronto not fugitive actor

A man arrested in Toronto, once thought to be fugitive Canadian actor Ryan Jenkins, is not the man wanted in the slaying of a model, officials said.

Peel Regional Police Staff Sgt. Keith Brodie told Sunday's The Province that the detainee's fingerprints did not match those of Jenkins, who is being sought in the Los Angeles-area slaying of Playboy Magazine model Jasmine Fiore, 28.

Police told reporters Fiore's body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Buena Park, Calif., on Aug. 15, indicating she had been strangled to death and her fingers and teeth removed, forcing authorities to identify her by the serial numbers on her breast implants.

The Province said Jenkins, originally from Calgary, was with Fiore the last time she was seen alive on Aug. 13 at a San Diego motel. He reportedly checked out the following morning and reported Fiore missing to the police.

The newspaper said a U.S. Coast Guard cutter engaged in a high-speed boat chase with Jenkins Wednesday several miles off the coast of the U.S.-Canadian border, but he escaped and is now believed to be in Canada.