VH1 Pulls Reality Show as Contestant's Murder Manhunt Hits Canada

Megan Wants a Millionaire finalist Ryan Alexander Jenkins may have fled to Canada after being named a "person of interest" in wife's death

By Gina Serpe Aug 20, 2009 3:28 PMTags
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Megan may want a millionaire, but VH1 doesn't want a man possibly to blame for killing his wife on its airwaves.

Go figure.

The manhunt for the cable-created reality star turned "person of interest" Ryan Alexander Jenkins—wanted, so far, for nothing more than questioning in the murder of his model wife—turned international this morning. Washington state sheriff's officials are saying it's possible the millionaire Canadian somehow snuck back across the border.

Jenkins, who was one of the final contestants on the suddenly (and understandably) pulled Megan Wants a Millionaire, as well as a contestant on the already filmed but not yet aired I Love Money 3, has been wanted by police in Buena Park, Calif., since Saturday—when the nude body of his model wife, Jasmine Fiore, was found strangled, stuffed in a suitcase inside a dumpster.

"The show completed production at the end of March," VH1 said. "Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim's family."

Guess there is such a thing as bad publicity after all.

Jenkins, who has a net worth of roughly $2 million and a history of assaulting his 28-year-old wife, was the last to see Fiore and, in fact, even contacted the police to report her missing. After his possibly track-covering call, however, police have been unable to reestablish contact with him.

Police have even asked for the public's help in finding the 32-year-old or either of his two cars, which he may be driving. Yesterday, sheriffs in Washington's Whatcom County, the northernmost, border-sharing county in the state, found Jenkins' car near an empty boat trailer at a marina. They also had a report of a man of his description arriving by boat in another nearby location, from which they believe he walked across the border.

(Originally published Aug. 20, 2009, at 7:33 a.m. PT)


Tragic news aside, this isn't the first time Megan Wants a Millionaire has been cringeworthy. Just check out the Soup's coverage of the reality show and you'll see what we mean.