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High-tech hope in solving cold cases

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 23:22:59-04

A Tulsa mother is hopeful the same science behind popular DNA ancestry kits could lead to her daughter's killer.

In 2004, in the apartments next to Union High School, The body of Brittany Phillips, 18, was discovered.

She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

As her mother Dr. Maggie Zingman prepares to go on another 6,000 miles of her Catch a Killer caravan, she is hopeful that technology which led to the arrest of one of the most notorious serial killers, will lead to the arrest to her daughter's killer.

"I am hopeful," said Maggie. "We've had a lot of close calls."

With new advancements in DNA matching, one mother is hoping this new technology will lead to her daughters killer.

Just 24 hours before Zingman heads out on a seven state caravan, I rode along with her. The first stop, the scene of her daughters murder.

"You know, we read about it," said Maggie. "We didn't find any type of problems and you know, negative police reports. So we applied, they did a background check on her and she got an apartment."

There were no signs of forced entry and 15 years later, it's still not clear how the suspect got into Brittany's apartment.

"I think he was 6'3 or 6'4 and he was able to hike himself up onto the balcony," said Maggie.

DNA cleared one person, but Maggie is still hopeful DNA will lead to her daughter's murderer.

The DNA technology that is being used to help solve her daughter's murder was the same technology used to catch the famous Golden State Killer.

If you have any information about Brittany's murder, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-2677.

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