Ketchikan police seek information in beating murder

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Police are focusing their investigation into the murder of Ketchikan utility worker on his whereabouts late Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day.

Gordon E. Rasnick, 50, was found outside his home above a downtown traffic tunnel on Christmas Day, dead of an apparent beating.

Neighbors discovered the body, which lay on a wooden walkway to Rasnick's apartment, at about 2:30 p.m., police say.

Ketchikan Police Chief Grant Sirevog said Wednesday that he had no suspects, although the investigation was progressing.

''We have really focused our attention on the later hours of Christmas Eve to the very early morning hours of Christmas morning,'' he said. He is urging anyone passing by the tunnel during that time to contact the police.

The tunnel contains a busy waterfront roadway and sidewalk through a hill that once split the city.

Due to the holiday, there likely was not a lot of traffic Christmas Eve, Sirevog said.

Police say they have established that Rasnick was assaulted underneath the stairs that lead to the street above the tunnel. He then crawled up the long flight of stairs to his apartment, where he lived alone.

Sirevog said the body was in the open, but not obvious.

The official cause of death has not been established. Sirevog said all evidence indicates a beating to the head and face killed Rasnick.

Rasnick worked in the telephone division of Ketchikan Public Utilities in the telephone division.

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