It’s a murder from more than 20 years in the past, but on Friday Anchorage Police appealed to the public for help with the death of Debra Ruth Lawson.

Lawson, who police say also went by the name Debra Ruth Soules, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the neck when APD responded to a shooting at the Eagle’s Nest Hotel at 4110 Spenard Rd. That was back on May 29, 1993. 

Police say information gathered from witnesses at the time reported hearing an argument shortly after midnight followed by a single a gun shot. Several people were seen fleeing from the hotel room. Homicide detectives interviewed multiple suspects and witnesses, but were unable to make an arrest.

Lawson’s family is now offering a $10,000 reward for the conviction of the person responsible. In addition, tips resulting in an arrest are eligible for $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

Police are asking anyone with information about the murder of Debra Ruth Lawson to call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP, or submit tips anonymously at Anchorage Crime Stoppers website.