Young family reaches out for evidence

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Weekend Times

CARBONDALE – The family of a woman found dead last year in her ex-boyfriend's apartment from a gunshot wound to the head is launching its own investigation into her death.

State's Attorney Michael Carr said last week that he is not currently pursuing charges in connection with the death of Molly Young, who died in the bedroom of her on-and-off boyfriend, Richie Minton, a dispatcher for the Carbondale Police Department.

Carr said he did not have sufficient evidence to pursue a criminal prosecution but would consider any additional evidence brought to his attention.

On Friday, a spokesman for the Young family said it now is seeking witnesses who have not previously been interviewed and already is finding promising leads.

"The family of Molly Young has learned that there are people who have information vital for investigators in the death of Molly Young," spokesman Charles Lamont said in a statement provided to the Times. "Information from verifiable, reliable people is starting to come to the forefront."

Lamont, a retired Mt. Vernon police chaplain, asks anyone with further information about Young's death on March 24, 2012, in the 500 block of North Westridge Drive in Carbondale to contact the family at

Public scrutiny surrounding Young's death has grown in recent weeks, and a Facebook page dedicated to the case has amassed more than 18,000 members. On Saturday, the case was featured on ABC's program "Good Morning America."