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Boris Panovski manhunt picks up thanks to flurry of tips

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

TORONTO - 

As the manhunt picks up for hairdresser turned suspected killer Boris Panovski, QMI Agency has learned he sold his alleged victim a prize-winning dog.

The Ontario Provincial Police identified Panovski Friday as the man they are seeking forthe killing of construction executive Don Frigo, 70, in Huron County on Sept. 13.

While police haven’t discussed the relationship between Panovski and Frigo, QMI Agency has learned that the two were connected by a special dog, Silver, who went on to win field dog championships and sire champions.

Success came for Frigo, while Panvoski, who had sold him the pup, spiraled downward towards bankruptsy and divorce. He was also banned from competition.

Police say there have been a “considerable” number of tips about Panovski and where he might be located, Truax said.

A friend, who asked not to be named, told QMI Agency Panovski may have headed south to an area he was knew well.

"He travelled to Cuba two or three times every winter to get away from the cold," the friend said, explaining the senior is quite familiar with the communist Caribbean island country.

Sources of told QMI Agency that the search efforts are likely focused on the wanted man's homeland of Macedonia and other countries in the region.

But the friend said he has only known Panovski to travel to Europe once in the last eight or nine years.

Neighbours at Panovski's building said they saw him leaving last Sunday afternoon — four days before OPP and Toronto Police showed up looking for him.

He was wearing khaki shorts, brown sandals and a white T-shirt, neighbours said. He was not seen with luggage at the time, but he did drive off in the blue four-door Toyota sedan that police are searching for.

Panovski is also an avid outdoorsman, according to those who know him.

OPP have warned he is likely armed.

Court documents paint a bleak picture of his finances.

When Panovski filed for bankruptcy in 2009 he was collecting a disability pension of $1,481 a month, which was supplemented by his net monthly barber income of $350.

By the time Panovski's bankruptcy was discharged in March 2013, he had turned 65 and was living pension check to pension check — $1,589 a month, according to these financial records.

And $718 of that money was spent on rent for his apartment.

Panovski's hair may also be grey now, not the sandy brown seen in the photo released by the OPP.

Investigators stayed silent Saturday about their pursuit of Panovski or whether they had even located his blue Toyota.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Panovski or his car is urged to call the OPP's dedicated hotline at 1-844-278-4794 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

— With files from Sam Pazzano and Jonathan Sher


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