Family offers reward for tips in young woman's death


Kendall Downing

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The family of a woman found dead in a Carbondale residence back in March is now offering a reward in the case.

The investigation started March 24 when police found 21-year-old Molly Young dead after a shooting inside a Carbondale apartment.

Richie Minton, the man who lived there, is a dispatcher with Carbondale Police. Young's family members said the two were involved in an on-again, off-again relationship.

Illinois State Police were called in to investigate. Now, more than two months later, reports from that agency have made their way to Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Wepsiec's office.

Wepsiec confirmed his office received the 200-page police report late last week.

Family members are hopeful justice could be near.

"It's the worst thing anyone can imagine," said Kathy Spiller, Molly Young's mother. "Our family is devastated. Our hearts are broken."

Spiller said life without her daughter Molly is nearly impossible.

"Even though we know in our hearts, we feel like what happened, we just want some answers," said Spiller.

But she is hopeful new efforts by her family will lead to the truth. They're using Facebook to get the message out, with a page called Justice For Molly.

"The love that we have for her and that they have for her, it's been pretty overwhelming," said Spiller.

Another page exists, too. It's called Angels For Molly, but the family doesn't run it.

"This waiting is even more torture, wondering every day when this is going to come to a conclusion," she said.

That grueling wait is the reason behind the $5,000 reward the family is offering. They hope it could bring in new information about the hours before and after Molly's death.

"We want the truth to come out," Spiller said. "We want all of it to come out."

No arrests have been made in the case. The state's attorney said the investigation is ongoing.

We reached out to Illinois State Police as well as Carbondale Police for this story. Our messages were not returned.

We also called Richie Minton's attorney but we did not hear back by air time.