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Breast implants yield murder data

Jasmine Fiore
The murder of Jasmine Fiore has triggered an international manhunt

US police investigating a gruesome murder near Los Angeles identified the mutilated victim by a serial number on her breast implants, prosecutors say.

The naked body of Jasmine Fiore, a 28-year-old former model, was found in a suitcase a week ago.

Detectives were unable to use dental records or fingerprints, as her teeth and fingers had been removed. But they tracked the number of her implants.

Her husband, a reality-show contestant, has been charged with her murder.

Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32, had reported his wife missing, but then disappeared himself.

Police believe he may have fled to his native Canada.

He was taking part in the show Megan Wants a Millionaire. Described as an investment banker, Mr Jenkins was one of several wealthy young men trying to win the affections of a young woman in the show.

The TV channel VH1 cancelled the series after he was identified as a suspect.

Ms Fiore had no connection with the show, but she and Mr Jenkins had married in Las Vegas in March.

Media reports say she had sought to annul the marriage.

Suspect's boat found

Ms Fiore's mangled body was found in a suitcase in a metal trash bin in Buena Park, south of Los Angeles, on 15 August.

US authorities have offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Mr Jenkins' arrest and Canadian police have issued a nationwide warrant for his arrest.

After several days of searching, police found his boat more than 950 miles (1,500km) north of Los Angeles - in the town of Point Roberts on the Canadian border.

Mr Jenkins is believed to have friends and family in several Canadian cities.

But it will be hard for him to hide in Canada, as his name and face have been splashed across newspapers and TV in recent days, the BBC's Ian Gunn in Vancouver says.

Passengers on a domestic Air Canada flight on Friday reported seeing the suspect on the plane, but police later said the passenger was not Mr Jenkins, our correspondent says.

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