News conference held for Molly Young case


Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

DU QUOIN, Ill. - The lack of charges in the death of a local woman is drawing national attention, so the prosecutor is defending his decision to not file charges in the death of 21-year-old Molly Young.

Young was found dead in a Carbondale apartment with a gunshot wound to the head back in March of last year.

Her on-again, off-again boyfriend, and Carbondale Police dispatcher, was in the apartment with her.

His presence fueled speculation that he was to blame, but investigators say evidence pointing towards suicide cannot be ignored.

Reporters wanted answers after no charges were filed against Molly Young's ex-boyfriend.

Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Carr spoke on Monday about what he called compelling, but not conclusive evidence that Young may have taken her own life: starting with a suicide note found in her room.

"Written in Miss Young's handwriting with individual notes to various family members and friends," said Carr.

Then, multiple diary entries...

"Describing a long history of not wanting to live, not feeling loved and wanting to end her life," said Carr.

Her outgoing text messages were used as evidence, as well.

"Explaining, days before her death an unsuccessful attempt to overdose and a disappointment that her attempt to take her life was unsuccessful," said Carr.

Carr said investigators also found that Young had visited web sites relating to suicide before she was found dead.

Local 6 also reached out to Molly Young's parents to ask them if they would be attending the news conference and would be willing to speak with us.

They told us they were not invited.