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Murder suspect in model killing found dead in hotel room

(CNN) - Details emerged in the death of a reality TV contestant suspected in his wife's killing in southern California.

Ryan Alexander Jenkins was found dead in a hotel room in British Columbia, authorities said Sunday.

Staff at a hotel in the town of Hope found Jenkins in a room, dead from an apparent suicide, officials said. 

"It was a man hanging by a belt from a coat rack," Kevin Walker, the manager of the budget Thunderbird Motel, told CNN affiliate CTV on Sunday.

Walker said a woman, about 5'9 and 20 to 25 years old, dropped off Jenkins at the motel on Friday in a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser with Alberta tags. Police have not been able to identify the woman.

Earlier Sunday, Canadian authorities had said they had credible information that Jenkins was in Canada and urged him to turn himself in. He was thought to be armed and dangerous.

The nude body of Jenkins' wife, former swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore, was found Saturday in a Dumpster behind an apartment complex in Buena Park, just outside Anaheim, California. CNN has not confirmed reports that the marriage was annulled.

Fiore's teeth had been extracted and fingers removed in what police said was an apparent attempt to conceal her identity.

Law enforcement sources have told CNN that Fiore was identified through the serial numbers on her breast implants. A preliminary coroner's report indicated that she had been strangled.

Fiore lived in Los Angeles and was last seen alive in San Diego at a poker game with Jenkins, the night before her body was found.

Jenkins reported Fiore missing last Saturday night to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, authorities said.

According to court records in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jenkins was charged in June with battery, for allegedly striking Fiore in the arm with his fist.

And in 2007, Jenkins pleaded guilty in Calgary, Alberta, to assault in a separate case. He was sentenced to 15 months' probation, ordered to undergo counseling for domestic violence and sex addiction, and to stay away from the victim, according to court records.

Jenkins, who appeared on the VH1 show "Megan Wants a Millionaire," is from Calgary.

51 Minds, which produced "Megan Wants a Millionaire," said Thursday in a written statement that it didn't know about Jenkins' record when it cast him. 

"The company did have in place what it thought was a thorough vetting process that involved complete background checks by an outside company for all contestants on its shows," it said. "Clearly, the process did not work properly in this case. 51 Minds is investigating what went wrong and taking steps to ensure that this sort of lapse never occurs again."

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