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Carbondale Police Still Looking for Killers in Unsolved Murder Cases
By: Arnold Wyrick

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Their posters hang on the walls of the Carbondale Police Department.  But they aren't suspects, they're murder victims and Lieutenant Paul Echols is still looking for their killers.

The oldest unsolved case dates back to December 6, 1992.

That's the day an apartment building went up in flames on South Rawlings Street.

"There was several students who jumped out the three story windows.  And below was a concrete pad.  So some of them hit concrete.  There was some serious injuries," Echols said.

Five Southern Illinois University students lost their lives at the hands of an arsonist.

Fast forward four years and police find the body of Connie Cole-Holmes in a house on South Walker Street.

"Well actually about a block north of the station," Echols said.  "It was a very brutal murder and she was found by a friend."

Then just two years ago on the night of July 13, 2006 police find Ryan Livingston laying alongside Illinois Route 13; he'd been stabbed several times.

"By the time we got him to the hospital we did get an opportunity to speak with him.  He gave us some information.  But he had bled so bad that they just could not save him," Lieutenant Echols said.

Six months after Livingston's murder, police go to a house on East Oak Street where they found the body of Falon Taylor.

"Somebody kicked open the door fired shots into the bedroom where she was sleeping.  She was struck and fatally wounded," he said.

The five SIU students who died in the fire at the apartments on South Rawlings Street are memorialized on a plaque on the campus.  Lieutenant Echols says he hasn't forgotten how those students died or about the other three murder victims here in Carbondale.

"It makes you want to resolve them and bring the families some resolution and bring justice to these families," Echols said.

But police say they still need your help solving these murders.  If you have any information about these murders in Carbondale call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.

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