Woman found shot at home of city police employee

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

Geoffrey Ritter
Weekend Times

Details remain sparse regarding the death of 21-year-old Molly Young, who was found two weeks ago shot in the head in the apartment of a Carbondale Police Department employee.

Carbondale Police responded on the morning of March 24 to a residence in the 500 block of North Westridge Drive, where they discovered the body of Young, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The Times has verified one of the apartment's residents as Richie Minton, who works as a police telecommunicator. Minton and Young had been dating off and on, her father says.

The Illinois State Police assumed control of the investigation that same morning. No charges have been filed in the case, and the Jackson County coroner's office says it could be six to eight weeks before a report is completed.

The Carbondale Police Department did not return calls Friday seeking Minton's current employment status.

Lt. Stan Diggs of the Illinois State Police said only minutes passed between Carbondale's first response to the scene and the time when State Police investigators arrived to assume control.

He said that when investigators arrived, Minton already had an attorney present. He also said Minton was allowed to change his clothing before going to the Carbondale Police Department for questioning.

Young's father, Larry Young of Johnston City, said he does not believe his daughter's death was a suicide, noting her excitement at beginning a new job at Victoria's Secret in Carbondale and the fact that she had made plans for the weekend to go shopping.

Young also said he and his family were frustrated not to have been notified by authorities until hours after police first found his daughter's body.

Witnesses or anyone else who might have details pertinent to the investigation are asked to call the Illinois State Police at 618-542-2171.