Cold Case Investigations
The City of Carbondale has an initiative 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 providing a means for that person to provide that critical piece of information is essential.
The City of Carbondale has established a $5,000 minimum reward for each unsolved homicide case. The reward money will be paid when the information provided leads to an arrest and conviction in the homicide case. Hopefully, when added to existing rewards, this reward money will encourage individuals with crucial information toward solving these crimes to contact the Police Department and provide that information.
Report Helpful 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 the following crimes, please call the City of Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 618-549-2677.
Current Unsolved Cases
The following are current unsolved homicide cases.
On December 6, 1992, five Southern Illinois University Carbondale students died as a result of an arson that occurred at the Pyramid Studio Apartments. The five students who were murdered were:
- Kimiko Ajioka
- Ronald Moy
- Lai Hung Tam
- Mazlina Ab Wahid
- Cheng Teck Wong
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. View the Pyramid Fire flyer (PDF) related to this case.
On June 16, 1996, the Connie Cole-Holmes homicide occurred at 402 S Walker Street. 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. View the Connie Cole-Holmes flyer (PDF) related to this case.
On July 13, 2006, the Ryan Livingston homicide occurred in the 300 block of W Walnut Street. Ryan Livingston was stabbed to death while walking on the sidewalk in southwest Carbondale. The reward now stands at $6,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death. View the Ryan Livingston flyer (PDF) related to this case.
On January 6, 2007, the Falon Taylor homicide occurred at 417 E 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. View the Falon Taylor flyer (PDF) related to this case.