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REWARD AT ISSUE IN CUNANAN CASE

Now that suspected serial killer Andrew P. Cunanan is dead, a new question arises: Who gets the reward money?

Fernando Carreira, the caretaker who heard a shot Wednesday in the houseboat where Cunanan shot himself and alerted authorities, filed a lawsuit Friday, saying he deserves the $65,000 reward.

But the call was not so much a tip as "happenstance," said Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Barreto who refused to hand over the money pending an investigation.

Paul Philip, however, the FBI's agent in charge in Miami, said he thought Carreira should at least get his agency's reward -- $10,000.

In the lawsuit, Carreira, 71, said he suspected it was Cunanan when he entered the houseboat and heard the gunshot. Thursday night, Carreira said he had no idea who fired the shot and never saw the gunman.

"They've told me that I wouldn't get nothing because they said I didn't know it was him," Carreira said. "But I found him. I think it's an injustice."

But community support began leaning toward Carreira on Friday. Callers to morning talk shows on Spanish radio stations said they thought Carreira, a Portuguese native, should get the cash.

A poster reading "Show Carreira the Money" leaned against a palm tree in front of the Versace mansion.

Meanwhile, there were these other developments in the case:

Cunanan's body lay unclaimed at the coroner's office here Friday, two days after the accused murderer fatally shot himself in the head, and no family members have called about picking it up, local authorities said.

As he tried to elude one of the nation's biggest manhunts, Cunanan had apparently shaved his head and was growing a beard, authorities said.

"It looked like he hadn't shaved since (he shot Versace)," a source in the Dade County medical examiner's office said Friday on condition of anonymity. "It looked like he shaved his head awhile ago and it was growing back."

Intrigued by a safe aboard the houseboat that could reveal why Cunanan killed so often and how he eluded capture for so long, authorities proceeded with plans to get the necessary legal clearance to search its contents. They hope to have it by next week.

An unverified letter purporting to be Cunanan's suicide note arrived Friday at the Miami Herald. The letter contains somewhat unfocused references to AIDS and to the crimes committed by Cunanan.

The Herald turned over the letter and envelope to Miami Beach police.

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