ISP says more investigation ‘likely’ in Young case

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

Geoffrey Ritter
Weekend Times

CARBONDALE — There likely will be further investigation into the 2012 death of Molly Young by the Illinois State Police, according to a letter received by the Times.

The letter, written March 25 by Lt. Steve Lyddon, the State Police’s Freedom of Information Act officer, came in response to a FOIA request submitted earlier this month seeking State Police reports related to Young’s March 24, 2012 death.

Lyddon denied the Times’ request on grounds that the documents “would interfere with a pending law enforcement proceeding.” Lyddon indicated that further investigative work on the case is likely — something family and friends of Young have been pushing for since her death more than a year ago.

“The case involving the death of Molly Young is an open and active investigation,” Lyddon wrote. “This case will not be closed until a verdict has been reached, as it is likely additional investigative work will be necessary.”

The nature of Young’s death, caused by a gunshot wound to the head, has garnered considerable speculation in the 12 months since her death. In January, an inquest jury passed over options of homicide, suicide or accident and ruled the cause of her death undetermined due to a lack of evidence.

Young’s body was found in the apartment of her on-and-off boyfriend, Richie Minton, a dispatcher with the Carbondale Police Department. Investigators say they identified no fingerprints on Minton’s pistol that fired the shot. No charges have been filed in the case.