Ketchikan: No leads in Christmas murder

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

Almost two months after Gordon Rasnick was found murdered outside of his home, police are still waiting for evidence from the State Crime Lab that could pinpoint a suspect.

Rasnick, 50, died of an apparent beating, which police say happened late Christmas Eve or early Christmas Day under the stairs leading to the top of the downtown tunnel.

He then crawled up the stairs to his home and was found by neighbors at about 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day.

Ketchikan Police Department Chief Grant Sirevog said Feb. 11 that the murder investigation still is moving forward.

"Things are slow," he said. "But we still are doing a little something with it on a daily basis."

Sirevog said the Alaska crime lab is working to analyze evidence that could lead to a suspect. However, he said, until that information is available, police won't know whether the evidence is strong enough to lead to an arrest.

"If we get something ... I'll be happy along with everyone else in this town," Sirevog said.

He added that patience is needed in cases like this one.

"Sometimes we get a break as long as we keep plugging away at it," he said.

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