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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Still Believe Cunanan In Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Florida -- Investigators chased even the wispiest of leads Friday into the whereabouts of Andrew Cunanan, the elusive suspect in the killing of designer Gianni Versace.


Investigators said Thursday that they believe Cunanan -- described as a gay prostitute and suspected in four other killings since April during a cross-country spree -- is still in South Florida and playing a cat-and-mouse game.


The FBI warned residents he could be nearby, and scrutiny tightened at Miami's busy airport, seaport and bus terminals.


People called police to say they had seen Cunanan everywhere -- driving in Key Largo, at a Key West dance club and drinking at a bar in Lake Worth.


Agents rushed to the scene after Dr. Silvio Alfonso, 44, who investigators said was gay, was killed Thursday in his home about 25 kilometers from where Versace was gunned down.


Late Thursday, agent John Coffey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the two crimes were "definitely not connected.''


But Friday he appeared to back off that conclusion. On NBC TV's "Today'' show, Coffey said investigators didn't know positively whether or not there was a connection.


Law enforcement officials said Alfonso's killing appeared to have resulted from a domestic dispute involving his brother, The Washington Post reported Friday.


But The New York Times quoted an unidentified law enforcement official Friday as saying police dogs that had picked up a scent in clothing left by the suspect in Versace's shooting seemed to recognize the same scent when they were taken to the scene of the doctor's slaying.


Investigators were also looking into a possible Cunanan link to the May 12 beating death of a gay man in his Miami Beach apartment. There was a "remote'' possibility Cunanan may have been in the area then, The Miami Herald reported Friday, quoting a police source it did not identify.


Versace, who was gay, was shot twice in the back of the head Tuesday.


In addition to the Versace slaying, Cunanan, 27, is suspected of four killings in Minnesota, Illinois and New Jersey since April 29. He has been charged in three of those cases.


Police in the Philippines located Cunanan's father, Modesto Cunanan, on Thursday. The elder Cunanan fled San Diego, where he had been a successful stockbroker, in 1988 to avoid charges of financial chicanery. Police in Plaridel, north of Manila, said the elder Cunanan, a Filipino native, told investigators he doesn't believe his son killed Versace.


"My son is not like that. He is not a high-class male prostitute. He had a Catholic upbringing. He was an altar boy,'' the elder Cunanan said.