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Since You Asked

I was wondering what happened to the children of Candy Burke, who was murdered by her husband in White City back in November 2006? I followed that story from the beginning and my heart went out to those poor kids.

— Mary M., Medford

The Burke children, who were 2, 3 and 4 at the time of the murder, are safe with a relative in the Willamette Valley, according to Jackson County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

This is the one bright spot in an otherwise dark tale, Mary.

We won't give away too much about the kids' current location because we respect their privacy.

"From what we know, they have a good home," Fagan said. "We see a lot of bad things in our line of work, but this case affected us deeply."

In December 2007, Ryan Scott Burke, 29, was sentenced to life in prison by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ray White for the Nov. 2, 2006, murder of 24-year-old Candy Sheila Burke.

Candy Burke's body was discovered 10 days after her murder in the brush about 50 feet from an access road near Agate Lake.

Burke took the children and fled his home in the 7900 block of White City's Ajax Avenue and headed to Nevada one day after concerned family members reported his wife missing.

Candy Burke suffered from Friedreich's ataxia, a disease that attacks the nervous system. It left her unable to walk without assistance and very weak.

Ryan Burke will be eligible for parole only after serving a minimum of 25 years.

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