TFC Don Trosper
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Subject Arrested in Welcome Center Rape
Date of News Release: 8/10/2004
(LONDON, KY) - On Monday, August 2, 2004 Kentucky State Police Detective Stacy Anderkin presented evidence before the Whitley County Grand Jury on William Rick Burdine Sr. of Laurel County. Evidence presented in the case on Mr. Burdine was in reference to the June 17, 2004 rape of a female at the at Kentucky Welcome Center on I-75 North at the Kentucky -Tennessee border. According to the investigation at approximately 3:21 a.m., on June 1, 2004 Whitley County 911 received the report of a possible rape at the Welcome Center along I-75 in Whitley County. Upon arriving officers determined that an unidentified female victim stated she was in her vehicle when a male subject came up to her vehicle and told her something was leaking from under her car. After exiting her vehicle, the suspect allegedly armed with a knife forcing her back into the car where she was sexually assaulted.
After producing composites of the suspect and information released by the media the Kentucky State Police received several tips in reference to a possible identity. Evidence discovered at the scene was sent to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab in Frankfort for examination and possible identification of the suspect. On June 22, 2004 Detective Anderkin discovered that William Rick Burdine Sr. a suspect in the case was being held in the Campbell County Detention Center in Newport, Kentucky on unrelated charges. The evidence was compared with William Rick Burdine Sr., placing Mr. Burdine at the crime scene.
After hearing the evidence presented by Detective Anderkin in the case the Whitley County Grand Jury returned an indictment on William Rick Burdine Sr. age 40 of Laurel County, charging him with Rape 1st, Sodomy 1st, Sexual Abuse 1st, Unlawful Imprisonment 1st and Terroristic Threatening 3rd. On Tuesday, August 10, 2004 Detective Stacy Anderkin arrested William Rick Burdine Sr. on the indictment warrant at the Campbell County Detention Center where he will remain pending his return to Whitley County to face pending charges.
Kentucky State Police Detective Stacy Anderkin is conducting the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Don Sivils, Lt. Dennis Benningfield, Detective John Yates, Whitley County Sheriff Department, Williamsburg City Police, Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley, Dry Ridge Post 6 Trooper Stacey D. May, Knoxville Tennessee City Police and Corporal Paul Kunkel Newport Police Department.