AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is searching for new leads into a man’s murder that happened more than two decades ago.

Police said Stephen Arevalo, 30, was stabbed to death on Nov. 23, 1995, in the 900 block of E. Sixth St. in east Austin. Police said they sent out information about Arevalo’s case because the anniversary of his death is next week, and it’s now been an extended period of time without further leads.

“We really need closure, it’s been 27 years,” said Arevalo’s sister Sara Arevalo-Lee. “We feel like it’s been forever.”

Police said officers responded to the area at 6 a.m. that day. When they arrived, they found Arevalo unconscious with stab wounds. He later died at the scene.

A family member said at the time he got up to make coffee and saw the back screen door open. When he checked the door, he said he saw Arevalo on the ground bleeding.

APD said Arevalo was last seen alive at about 2 a.m. when his brother and cousin dropped him off in the alley behind the house.

Two hours later, another relative inside the house saw the light of the backyard shed. This relative reported seeing a mid-1980s black GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck racing out of the alley, according to APD.

Arevalo and his family were looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving within hours, APD said. Arevalo’s wife, Mary Anne, said Arevalo was a loving husband and father.

He used to work at the old Austin Clayworks Studio, according to Sara.

“He was a clay potter by trade and made beautiful works of art,” she said.

Police said the murder had taken a toll on Arevalo’s family, especially his two daughters who were just toddlers when he died.

According to police, the investigation has been worked by at least two cold case detectives over the years.

APD also said the case had recently gone through a case evaluation process. That’s where detectives look through the details of the case and the available evidence as well as discuss people they can interview again to help set up a roadmap for moving forward.

“During the evaluation process, a number of different items, different things — DNA wise, forensic wise — were looked at as far as whether they could be submitted with today’s technology, and unfortunately, in this particular case, we don’t really have any forensic evidence that might help us,” Sgt. Matt Sanders with the APD Cold Case Homicide Unit said.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS or use the Crime Stoppers app. Crime Stoppers may offer a reward of up to $1,000 for details leading to an arrest.

You can also email the APD Cold Case Unit at