A man fitting the description of serial killer suspect Andrew Cunanan was seen running from a home where a gay doctor was slain Thursday in a neighborhood 15 miles from where Gianni Versace was gunned down.
FBI agents and police assigned to the fashion designer’s slaying scrambled to the home near Miami International Airport where the doctor’s body was found in his bedroom. But they cautioned that no direct link between Thursday’s slaying and Tuesday’s point-blank killing of Versace had been found.
“The only thing we have is someone who possibly matches his physical description leaving the scene,” said Metro-Dade police Sgt. Peter Andreu, adding that a neighbor told investigators that a man seen fleeing the house “had similar characteristics to Cunanan.”
Investigators who believe Cunanan is still in the area playing a deadly game of cat and mouse put a close watch on Miami’s busy airport, seaport and bus terminals to head off an escape, and warned South Florida residents he could be nearby.
The witness to Thursday’s slaying told police he heard a burglar alarm at about 6 a.m. and saw a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slim build and dark hair - a description that generally fits that of the 27-year-old Cunanan, who has been accused of preying on wealthy gay men.
The victim was Dr. Silvio Alfonso, 44, a Cuban-born physician who was granted political asylum in the United States in 1991 and worked at the Flamingo Medical Center in neighboring Hialeah.
“Our investigation shows he appears to have a gay lifestyle,” Metro Dade police spokeswoman Linda O’Brien said of Alfonso.
Police have focused an intense search across South Florida since Versace was gunned down outside his oceanfront villa after a morning walk. Experts on serial killers warned the intense international publicity surrounding Cunanan could be fueling his ego and his blood lust.
“I would say he’s euphoric at this point. If we don’t stop him, he will kill again,” said Jack Levin, who heads Northeastern University’s Program for the Study of Violence and is the author of three books on serial killers.
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