Olson bill would preserve slain Kotzebue girl's memory
State Sen. Donny Olson wants to make sure Alaskans never forget Ashley Johnson-Barr, the 10-year-old Kotzebue girl prosecutors say was murdered by a man last fall.
Olson, a Golovin Democrat, introduced Senate Bill 101 on Friday. It would designate March 12 as Ashley Johnson-Barr Day.
"People across the state wore purple on March 12, which would have been Ashley Johnson-Barr's 11th birthday, to celebrate her life," Olson said in a statement. "Continuing that tradition and remembering her is one way we can bring attention to child safety, community involvement, and solidarity."
The young girl vanished from Kotzebue's Rainbow Park on Sept. 6, 2018.
Search crews found her body eight days later in an area east of Kotzebue. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
Peter Wilson is charged with nine state counts in connection with Ashley's death — three counts of first-degree murder, four of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, plus one count each of kidnapping and evidence tampering. He also faces a federal charge for allegedly making false statements to FBI agents looking for Johnson-Barr, in which he has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Olson's bill was referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee.
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