STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – There is a renewed interest in the cold case of a business man murdered inside a Stafford County home.

There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting and killing 49-year-old Samih Mustafa Sowan inside a home at 35 Fife Street in the Austin Ridge section of Stafford County. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous.

More in a police press release:

Stafford deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 35 Fife Street at 7:53 PM on Tuesday March 1, 2011. Responding deputies were met at the location by an occupant of the house who told deputies that the man who had been renting an apartment in his basement had been shot and was unresponsive.

The resident of the house stated that he heard what he thought were gunshots coming from the basement. When he went down to the basement he found the victim on the floor dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Witnesses in the neighborhood reported seeing two black males running from the basement apartment at the time of the shooting and getting into a 4-door, light colored, small or mid-size sedan. The suspects’ vehicle was last seen leaving the area by way of Courthouse Road in Stafford County.

The victim of this homicide is Samih Mustafa Sowan. Samih Sowan had been renting an apartment at the Fife Street address and was the owner of the Subway on Walpole Street in Stafford County.

Mr. Sowan was known to frequent the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City areas. Detectives investigating this case are hoping that the $50,000.00 reward will help motivate people who may have information that will help solve this brutal murder. This continues to be an ongoing investigation.

Anyone who may have information about this homicide is asked the call the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, Stafford Crime Solvers (where callers may remain anonymous) at 540-659-2020 or TEXT “Stafford + your tip” to CRIMES (27463) or Sgt. Chris Cameron at 540-658-4450.