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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Homicide Investigation

Homicide Investigation 

On 05-28-21 at 5:44 a.m., City of Carbondale Police Department Officers responded to assist with an eviction in the 700 block of South Marion Street. During the investigation, officers located an adult, later identified as Melvin L. Edwards, 61 years old, of Carbondale, with life threatening injuries.  The Jackson County Ambulance Service arrived and provided life saving measures at the scene.   Edwards was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he was later pronounced deceased.  Officers and detectives began a death investigation. Officers developed a suspect, identified as Freddie Ray Glasser, 43 years old, formerly of Dolores, Colorado.  Officers located Glasser in the 700 block of South Lewis Lane at approximately 10:20 a.m., and arrested him after he was reportedly trying to enter vehicles.  Detectives charged Glasser with homicide and he is incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail. The City of Carbondale Police Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police, The Southern Illinois University Department of Public Safety, the Jackson County Coroner and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information about this incident please contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618)-457-3200 or (618)-549-COPS.  

Freddie Ray Glasser, 43, of Colorado

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677).  Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website.  Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime.  Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously.  Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

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