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Suspicious death investigated in Fargo; victim's Porsche missing

Fargo police and investigators gather information Monday night at a condo at 2536 S. University Drive in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Police were investigating the suspicious death of a Fargo man Monday night.

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes said at 10 p.m. there were few details available about the death. He said police are asking for help in locating the man's missing vehicle, a silver 1999 Porsche with the license plate 2KRYSIS.

Ternes said police aren't sure that the missing car is connected to the death and haven't ruled out the possibility the death didn't involve foul play.

"We're not ruling out anything at this point," the chief said.

Officers found the body after being called to check on the welfare of the man about 7:45 p.m. at his home in the Upper 9 Condominium Court at 2536 S. University Drive.

A team of investigators hadn't yet re-entered the home to collect evidence as of 10 p.m. Ternes said they would be processing the scene for at least two or three hours and no further information would be released until today.

A neighbor who lives a few doors down in the 12-unit complex identified the deceased as Phillip Gattuso, a 49-year-old dentist.

"He's just a mild-mannered man," said the neighbor, Kevin Weaver.

Weaver said a next-door neighbor - who declined to comment when approached by a reporter - discovered the bloody body after Gattuso didn't pick up his toddler-aged daughter from day care Monday evening.

Ternes wouldn't discuss any details about the condition of the body or the home but did say the daughter was being cared for and was safe.

Gattuso's wife died this winter, said Weaver, who is the general manager of WDAY-AM, which, like The Forum, is owned by Forum Communications Co.