Mother Of Murdered Teen Travels Country To Spread Awareness

Thursday, October 4th 2018, 5:49 pm
By: News On 6

14 years ago, someone raped and murdered 18-year-old Brittany Phillips in her Tulsa apartment. No one has ever been arrested.

Brittany would have been 33 this week and her mother has dedicated her life to finding her daughter’s killer.

Day after day, year after year, Brittney's mother Maggie Zingman makes it her mission to keep her daughter’s story alive and to inspire others across the country. 

Maggie has spent years driving 210,000 miles to 48 different states to be a voice for the voiceless.

"It's not about Brittany's murder anymore. It's about trying to stop these murders and these abductions and all these types of criminal events," Maggie said. 

Someone raped and murdered Brittany in her apartment in September of 2004, just days before her 19th birthday.
Detectives have tested the DNA of more than three thousand men but there have been no matches and still no answers. 

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Police did have a lab create a composite sketch from the suspect's DNA, but again nothing.

"This is the most horrible pain. The murder of a child. And it's a loss of expectations. And I want to try to help other parents not go through it," said Maggie. 

Maggie spent nine years pressuring lawmakers to pass a bill for the state to collect DNA from everyone arrested for a felony.
But the problem is, there's no money to do the testing.
Detective Eddie Majors has been on this case since day one and said this isn't just a job to him.

"Sometimes people say, ‘do you give up hope?’ And I say ‘no.’ Because once I give up I've lost and that's not fair. And I tell the family members that you know what, I work for you," Majors said. 

While News On 6 was talking to Maggie, the balloons tied to Brittany's headstone all of a sudden flew away, making her mother tear up and smile.

"There's just little things like that that I know she's there," Maggie said.