New details emerge in 1984 Virginia cold case

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- 30-years ago Tuesday, a Virginia State Trooper was killed on the steps of his home.

Johnny Bowman answered the door of his Manassas home in 1984, and someone disguised as a utility worker stabbed him over 40 times, ultimately ending the young trooper's life.

Mark Bowman, the victim's brother, might live five hours away now, but the murder of his brother on the steps of their home is something he thinks about daily.

"I just hope and pray that any day, maybe today it'll get solved," he told WUSA9 over Skype.

Mark Bowman isn't the only one haunted by the unsolved crime. Special Agent Mike Eliot of the Virginia State Police has been leading the investigation into Bowman's murder for the past nine years. Eliot calls it " very troubling to know that individual is still in society today."

A neighbor agrees with Bowman, fearing that: "If it happened 30 years ago, it could happen again."

On this 30th anniversary, police say new technology has provided new information in the murder of Johnny Bowman, but they also need the public's assistance to solve this crime.

Virginia State Police are offering $50,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 703-803-2637.

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