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Reward bulletin
Elko Police Department

ELKO – The family of a July 2014 homicide victim is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his killer’s or conspirator’s arrest and conviction.

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

Elko Police Department issued the reward bulletin Wednesday afternoon, including a photo 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.

No weapon was recovered at the scene, and “It didn’t appear there was much of a struggle,” then-Lt. Rich Genseal said at the time.

Police Chief Ben Reed told media the crime was not believed to be a random act of violence. He said the area where the killing occurred is well-known in the neighborhood for having “drug-related individuals coming and going.”

Lawson was the father of a 6-year-old daughter. About two weeks before the murder, he was the victim of a burglary, according to police. Two laptop computers, a camera and a backpack were stolen.

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A candlelight vigil was held in which Lawson was remembered as an avid Washington Redskins fan.

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

“You can remain anonymous,” stated the announcement.


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