Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ryan Livingston - 2006 Unsolved Murder in Carbondale, Illinois


Ryan Livingston was killed on July 13, 2006 
in Carbondale, Illinois. 
(Source: The Southern)

Ryan Livingston was 22 years-old when he died.  He was the father of an infant daughter, with whom he was "madly in love." 

Earlier on the night of July 13, 2006, Livingston had attended the Sunset Concert at the Southern Illinois University campus. Afterwards, he got a ride to a friend's house, where he had a drink. He then left to go to his brother's house.     

Between 10 and 10:30 p.m., two men approached Livingston as he walked along the 300 block of West Walnut Street in southwest Carbondale.  

Livingston was stabbed during the course of a robbery.  His assailants left him wounded and bleeding on the sidewalk. 

According to an article from the Carbondale Times:

His brother called 911 and gave them an approximate location. Two people from a nearby residence heard Livingston from the street and came to help.

He was rushed to the hospital where he died a couple of hours later at 1:50 a.m. 

According to investigators, this may have been a random robbery, making the crime more difficult to solve.  

Police are relying on the public's help.  There's a $6,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.  

If you have ANY information on this case, please contact:
Carbondale Police Dept Investigation Bureau: (618) 457-3200

Carbondale Crime Stoppers: (618) 549-COPS (2677)
Online Crime Stoppers Tip form: 

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For case updates and more information, please visit the family's sites:

Sources of Information:

Carbondale Times article, "Closure remains illusive in Livingston case," July 18, 2014:

The Southern Illinoisan article, "Man stabbed to death after concert," by Andrea Hahn, July 15, 2006:

The Southern Illinoisan article, "'Truly an innocent victim' Livingston's mother, cops want '06 killers found, prosecuted," by Blackwell Thomas, July 12, 2008:

The Southern Illinoisan article, "Livingston murder case still open eight years later," July 15, 2014:

WSIL 3 ABC News report, "Southern Illinois Cold Cases: Ryan Livingston Murder" by Dennis Turner, posted March 26, 2016, updated April 7, 2016:


  1. Thank you for posting this. The 10 year anniversary of his death is July 14 and we would love some kind of closure.

    Denise Livingston

  2. Looks like a public housing project highrise in the background. Someone knows their relative or boyfriend did this


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