New evidence obtained in Young death investigation

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

CARBONDALE — Investigators have gathered new evidence related to the mysterious death of a Carbondale woman in March, but there is no timeline on how the case will move forward.

Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec said last week that lab work and tests still are being conducted on evidence obtained following the March 24 death of Molly Young, a Marion High School graduate who was found shot in the head that morning in the apartment of her on-and-off boyfriend, Richie Minton.

Wepsiec declined to discuss the case or evidence further, citing ethical concerns.

According to audio archives obtained by the Times, emergency responders that morning believed they were heading to the scene of an overdose at 500 N. Westridge Drive but instead found Young, 21, with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

According to Young’s father, Larry Young, information he received from Coroner Thomas Kupferer allegedly indicated Young had died three to four hours before the 911 call was placed. The Times has been unsuccessful in contacting Kupferer.

When State Police arrived on the scene, Minton already had an attorney present. Past efforts to reach out to Minton for comment also have been unsuccessful.

As of last week, investigators still had not interviewed Minton, State Police Lt. Stan Diggs said.