Police asking for public's help in cold case

dkelly@adn.comFebruary 1, 2014 

Debra Ruth Lawson


Anchorage police on Friday renewed calls for information into an unsolved homicide that occurred more than two decades ago.

On May 29, 1993, Anchorage police responded to a shooting at the Eagle's Nest Hotel on Spenard Road. In one of the rooms, police found Debra Ruth Lawson dead of a single gunshot wound to the neck.

Witnesses told police they heard an argument shortly after midnight, followed by a gunshot. Several people were seen fleeing from the room.

Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and suspects but never made an arrest.

Anyone with information about the killing of Lawson (also known as Debra Ruth Soules) can call Crime Stoppers at 541-STOP, or submit a tip anonymously at anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest. The victim's family is also offering a $10,000 reward.

Reach Devin Kelly at dkelly@adn.com or 257-4314.


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