Versace cremated; stolen vehicle sought
Cunanan link probed in new Miami-area killing
July 17, 1997
Web posted at: 4:06 p.m. EDT (2006 GMT)
SOUTH FLORIDA (CNN) -- Law enforcement agencies, flooded with
tips about the alleged killer of fashion designer Gianni
Versace, searched for a stolen vehicle thought to have been
driven by suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
The Broward County Sheriff's Department said it had issued a
bulletin for the vehicle, a black Nissan Pathfinder bearing
the Florida license plate number LLM-782, based on a tip
received by the FBI.
Police are searching for a:
Black Nissan Pathfinder
Meantime, investigators were checking for a possible link to
a new Miami murder.
A man fitting Cunanan's description was seen Thursday running
from a murder scene in Miami Springs, an upscale neighborhood
15 miles from Tuesday's Versace killing.
Police would not say how the victim, Dr. Silvio Alfonso, was
Other law enforcement sources described Alfonso as being gay,
as were some of Cunanan's alleged victims.
"In no way, shape or form have we made any connection between
this case and the Miami Beach-Versace one," cautioned Dennis
Morales, a Metro-Dade police spokesman.
Private, public memorials planned
Versace's body was cremated in Miami on Wednesday after a
private memorial service attended by family members, one day
after the 50-year-old designer was shot twice in the head
with a .40-caliber handgun on the steps of his Miami Beach
His family reportedly took the ashes to Italy for a another
private memorial service in Milan.
A memorial service open to the public will be held Friday at
St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Miami Beach.
Man on surveillance video may be the suspect
A videotape from a security camera at a hotel near Versace's
home shows a man in shorts and a T-shirt running down an
alley after the murder. Witnesses said the killer wore
The man is seen on the upper left side of the black and white
image, moving away from the camera. Although the
surveillance tape shows the time as being 8:47 p.m.,
authorities believe the time code was improperly set and that
the correct time is 8:47 a.m.
Cunanan, 27, is either charged with murder or is a suspect in
four other killings in Minnesota, Illinois and New Jersey
since April 29. He was added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted
list last month.
A nationwide search for Cunanan was under way and Attorney
General Janet Reno said Thursday that the FBI was "seeking
assistance from the public" to apprehend the suspect.
Authorities have offered no motive for Versace's killing and
did not say whether he and Cunanan might have known each
Suspect possibly seen in Boca Raton
Hours after the killing, witnesses reported seeing a man
resembling Cunanan outside "Choices," a nightclub in Boca
Raton, Florida, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami Beach.
A nightclub patron followed the man to his vehicle -- the
stolen Pathfinder -- jotted down the license plate number and
Investigators determined the vehicle was stolen on June 30.
It was not immediately clear who owned the Pathfinder.
Reno said a $10,000 reward was being offered for information
leading to Cunanan's capture.
Correspondent Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.
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