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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joseph Cervantez, State’s Attorney
Stan Reno, Carbondale Chief of Police
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
On September 21, 2020, the City of Carbondale Police Department began investigating a missing person case involving Robin Renee Williams, 41 years old, of West Frankfort, Illinois, and released the information below.
City of Carbondale Officers located a deceased body in an abandoned house in the 600 block of East Park Street. With the assistance of the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, an autopsy was performed on the recovered body and investigators collected DNA evidence.
Forensic experts confirmed the remains were Robin Renee Williams and the conclusions of the autopsy indicated the manner of death was homicide. Carbondale Police detectives identified Michael Lee Moore, 44 years old, of Franklin County, Illinois, as a suspect in this case. Moore was a known associate of Robin's.
Michael Moore, 44 years old, of West Frankfort, Illinois
Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez, filed a four-count Information with the Circuit Clerk on January 20th, 2021, charging Michael L. Moore with First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Domestic Battery. A warrant was issued for his arrest out of Jackson County in the amount of $1.2 million. Carbondale Police Department detectives traveled to Florida and arrested Moore. Moore was incarcerated on an unrelated charge in Indian River County Florida when he was arrested.
The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office presented the case to a Grand Jury on May 20th, 2021. The Grand Jury returned an Indictment charging Michael L. Moore on all counts. State’s Attorney Cervantez praised the commitment and detailed work of the Carbondale Police Department in the investigation and explained that he will refrain from further comments concerning the details of the case while his office continues the prosecution of Moore.
Michael L. Moore remains in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. A bond remains set for Moore in the amount of $1.2 million. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be notified by Florida authorities when Moore is able to be transported back to Illinois for prosecution. Press releases were previously requested by the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office to be delayed due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.
The Carbondale Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Vero Beach Florida Police Department, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, the West Frankfort Police Department, the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jackson County State’s Attorney's Office.
Robin Renee Williams, 41years old, West Frankfort, Illinois
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. 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!