ELKO – The family of a July 2014 homicide victim has increased the amount of reward being offered for information leading to his killer’s or conspirator’s arrest and conviction.

The amount has been raised from $10,000 to $50,000, police announced Thursday.

Richard Lawson Jr. was 31 when he was bludgeoned to death in his Wilson Avenue home early on the morning of July 30.

The reward bulletin includes a photo of the victim and a plea from the family:

“Please help us find the person(s) responsible for RJ’s death which occurred on July 30th 2014 at his home in Elko, Nevada. He was a hardworking man holding down two jobs (Taco Bell and High Desert Inn) and at the time of his death, had just started working at Timberline Drilling. His family can’t sleep and still lives in fear they could be next.”

Police were called by a roommate to the home around 3:30 a.m. and found Lawson’s body in his bedroom, which had an outside entrance.

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Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Detective Pete Nielson at the Elko Police Department. Call 777-7324 or email pnielson@elkocitynv.gov.

“You can remain anonymous,” stated the announcement.


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