Cold Case Investigations
The City of Carbondale has an initiative designed to obtain information about unsolved homicides. The City encourages citizens to assist the Police Department in solving serious crimes in our community. The Police Department is currently investigating four unsolved homicides which occurred in Carbondale over the last 16 years. In most of these cases, there may be someone who has valuable information which may solve a case. The City of Carbondale believes it is important to provide a means for that person to provide that key piece of information.
The City of Carbondale has established a $5,000 minimum reward for each unsolved homicide case in the City. The reward money will be paid when information provided leads to an arrest and conviction in the homicide case. Hopefully, this reward money, when added to existing rewards, will encourage individuals who have key information toward solving these crimes to contact the Police Department and provide that information.
The families of the victims of these crimes still agonize over the loss of their loved ones. They cannot rest until someone is brought to justice in these cases and the City of Carbondale and its Police Department are determined to bring justice to these families. If you have information on any of the following crimes, please call the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or submit your information at www.carbondalepolice.com using the Online Crime Stoppers form.
The current unsolved homicide cases are:
Pyramids Apartment Fire
On December 6, 1992 five Southern Illinois University Carbondale students died as a result of an arson that occurred at 504 S. Rawlings St., the Pyramid Studio Apartments. The five students who were murdered were Kimiko Ajioka, Cheng Teck Wong, Ronald Moy, Lai Hung Tam, and Mazlina Ab Wahid, all residents of the apartment building in southwest Carbondale. The reward now stands at $6,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting the fire.
On June 16, 1996, the Connie Cole-Holmes homicide occurred at 402 S. Walker St. Connie Cole-Holmes was found murdered in her home in southeast Carbondale. The reward now stands at $6,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death.
On July 13, 2006 the Ryan Livingston homicide occurred in the 300 block of W. Walnut St. Ryan Livingston was stabbed to death while walking on the sidewalk in southwest Carbondale. The reward now stands at $16,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death.
On January 6, 2007 the Falon Taylor homicide occurred at 417 East Oak Street. Two years after Falon’s murder, the City of Carbondale Police Department arrested Elijah Lacy and charged him with First Degree Murder. Lacey’s case is currently under appeal. Despite the arrest of Elijah Lacey, this investigation is still continuing and information on Lacey and additional suspect(s) is still being pursued, with additional arrests anticipated. The reward for this stands at $6,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death.
Help us solve these crimes and bring the person or persons responsible to justice. If you have information concerning these cases, please call the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200 or the Crime Stoppers line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) where callers can remain anonymous. Anonymous tips can also be made online at www.carbondalepolice.com by selecting the Online Crime Stoppers form on our home page.