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San Diego police investigate suspect in Midwest slayings

May 9, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ As authorities searched for a man suspected in three Midwest slayings, police here in his hometown said Thursday they were investigating whether he was involved in an unsolved homicide.

Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, has been charged in the killing of a Minneapolis architect. He was being sought in the slaying of another Minneapolis man and in the slaying of a Chicago developer.

Police in San Diego searched his apartment on Wednesday but would not reveal the results. They did issue a statement Thursday saying homicide detectives are ``taking a second look at an old unsolved San Diego murder to see if Cunanan might have been involved.″

No details of that case were released.

Law enforcement authorities elsewhere have been alerted to watch for a 1994 Lexus with Illinois license plates stolen from wealthy Chicago businessman Lee Miglin, 72. Miglin’s slashed and stabbed body was found Sunday in the garage of his luxurious townhouse.

Chicago police have refused to comment on their investigation.

The cases were linked when police learned the Jeep Cherokee parked across the street from Miglin’s home belonged to architect David Madson, 33. Madson’s body was found at an abandoned farmhouse last Saturday, four days after the body of another man, Jeffrey Trail, 28, was discovered in Madson’s Minneapolis apartment.

Authorities said Cunanan knew the Minnesota victims but it was not known if he knew Miglin.

Cunanan was last seen in San Diego on April 24, when he joined friends for dinner. Police say he left San Diego the next day.

At the Numbers nightclub in the city’s Hillcrest neighborhood, general manager Jay Anderson said several friends gathered Wednesday night to talk about the generous, fun-loving man they knew as Andy DeSilva.

Anderson said Cunanan told them his family owned a chain of parking lots and lived outside the city in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe.

``Then on the news we see his picture with a different name and saying he lived here in San Diego,″ Anderson said.

Cunanan, well-known around the gay community for his upbeat personality and outgoing demeanor, had a seemingly endless source of cash that he spent on lavish meals and gifts, according to Anderson. He wore designer clothes and took expensive trips to Europe. Yet, he had never been employed and gave the impression his family was wealthy.

``He always put on airs that he had lots of money,″ Anderson said. ``He was very secretive about his money. You got the impression from him not to ask, so we didn’t.″

For Anderson’s 27th birthday, Cunanan gave him a dozen bottles of expensive liquor. The next year, Cunanan presented him with a camera.

``He seemed like the kind of guy that wasn’t shy,″ said hairstylist David Dwayne, who saw Cunanan at local clubs. ``He danced a lot. He danced without his shirt _ you know the type. He was the typical party boy.″

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