Police: Ketchikan man murdered outside his home

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 50-year-old man was found dead outside his downtown apartment on Tuesday, the apparent victim of an assault, Ketchikan police said.

The victim is identified as Gordon E. Rasnick, an employee of Ketchikan Public Utilities, Police Chief Grant Sirevog said Wednesday. Rasnick lived alone in an apartment on Front Street, Sirevog said.

A neighbor found the body at about 2:30 p.m. outside the victim's residence, police said.

Rasnick was assaulted early Tuesday near the downtown tunnel under a stairway leading to his street, Sirevog said. The victim apparently was able to crawl up the stairs and was found dead on a wooden walkway near the entrance of his apartment, Sirevog said.

''We don't usually have problems like this,'' Sirevog said. ''You add Christmas into the equation and we are really surprised.''

No suspects were in custody early Wednesday. Investigators were trying to determine Rasnick's whereabouts between Monday afternoon and the time of the attack, Sirevog said.

Robbery doesn't appear to be the motive but police are not ruling anything out in the early stages of the investigation, Sirevog said.

This is the fourth murder in Ketchikan this year, the highest number of murders in recent memory, said Sirevog, who has been with the department for 19 years.

''The Ketchikan area is typically a homicide a year, maybe. We go years without any,'' Sirevog said.

The previous murders all happened between May and July. Suspects have been charged in each of those killings.

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