More than two months after the gruesome murder of Pedro Gurrola in his garage on the 800 block of South East Avenue, police still haven’t named a main suspect in the case.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley said again this week that the investigation into Gurrola’s Sept. 9 murder is “progressing,” but that there was very little he could share with the public.

When asked for details about a suspect, Tanksley demurred.

“To discuss the nature of any suspect in this case would not be proper at this point and I am still confident that this was not a random act,” Tanksley said.

“I will say this, until such a time as there is a break in the case or there is a development which I think the public can assist us with, I will not be commenting further on the details of this case,” he added. “To do so could possibly jeopardize a successful prosecution.”

Still missing is Gurrola’s maroon 1997 Chevy Lumina. Police have declined to answer questions about whether a minivan stolen from Gurrola’s garage the morning of Aug. 21 may have been related.

Later that same day, police also filed a report of telephone harassment at Gurrola’s home, which police have also refused to elaborate on because of the investigation.

Police are still looking for Gurrola’s Chevy. At the time of the murder, Tanksley said it represented one of the department’s best bets for catching a suspect in the case.

Anyone with information should call the Oak Park police department at 708-386-3800.

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