Arcata Police Finalize Initial Josiah Case Evidence

Feb 8, 2018

A memorial photo of David Josiah Lawson at Humboldt State University.

There is an update from the City of Arcata on the case of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State University student killed at a party in April 2017. 

According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, the city has finalized an initial review of all the evidence with an outside investigator from the FBI. This review resulted in an investigative report and suggested steps to take next. Those steps include additional evidence testing. Local authorities are awaiting the completion of more complex DNA and specialty evidence testing.

Meanwhile, officers continue to emphasize that the case is active and open. Arcata is working on investigative strategies based on physical evidence and witness statements. At this point, the investigation has interviewed 46 individuals and the department believes all witnesses who could have viewed the incident are accounted for.

Police Chief Tom Chapman said their current focus is on providing the strongest case possible. To do that, they need all the critical evidence processed through the Department of Justice. Afterwards, the department plans to follow up on any leads generated from the results.

Arcata City Mayor Sofia Pereira said she recognizes that the length of time passed combined with the investigative privacy is taxing but that she appreciates the community’s patience allowing for thoroughness in the investigation process. She continued to say that they will continue to work to bring a resolution and justice for David Josiah Lawson and his family. A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible is now over $40,000.

The full press release is available below: 

Credit Arcata Police Department