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CUNANAN PROBERS DOUBT CARETAKER TOOK FOOD TO BOAT

Garbage found on the houseboat where Andrew Cunanan committed suicide doesn't back up a woman's claim that the boat's caretaker took food there, police said.

Lola Dudley told police she saw Fernando Carreira going into the Miami Beach houseboat carrying food and a gallon of milk two days before Cunanan killed himself.

"Milk cartons and fast food is inconsistent with what we have been able to find," Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Barreto said Tuesday.

Police said the only food-related garbage they found on the boat was soda cans, walnut shells and an old cracker box. The Miami Herald quoted an unidentified source as saying, "it looked like he was munching on stuff that was there already."

Cunanan killed himself a week ago today inside the houseboat. He was suspected of killing five men, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, in Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida.

Carreira said he was making a routine check of the vacant houseboat last Wednesday when he realized some unauthorized person had moved in there. He said he heard a gunshot, fled and summoned authorities. Police believe what he heard was Cunanan killing himself.

Miami Beach officials have not decided whether to give Carreira the reward money they had offered. Barreto had said earlier this week that investigators wanted to make sure no one was helping Cunanan -- "that there wasn't any complicity with the (houseboat) owner or anybody else that was working for him."

Carreira's attorney had called Ms. Dudley's claim "hogwash," and investigators had noted that the 57-year-old woman was on medication.

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