Former VH1 reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins, who disappeared after the body of his ex-wife was discovered in a dumpster, has been found dead of an apparent suicide in a motel in Vancouver.

Jenkins was found at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope and was believed to have hung himself. He was facing first-degree murder charges in Orange County, California, after model Jasmine Fiore's body was found inside a suitcase in a dumpster south of Los Angeles.

Fiore, 28, had been briefly married to Jenkins earlier this year, but were annulled. Jenkins had been facing charges for allegedly hitting her. The last time she was seen alive was when she and Jenkins checked into a posh San Diego hotel. Jenkin's vanished after reporting her missing, around the time her body was discovered.

Fiore had been strangled and her fingers and teeth had been removed. The model was identified by the serial numbers from her breast implants.

Meanwhile, authorities in northwest Washington found Jenkin's SUV and boat trailer at a boat ramp in Blaine, near the US - Canadian border.

[CanadianPress via Jezebel]