• Tulsa woman searches for answers 10 years after daughter's murder

    By: Rick Maranon


    TULSA, Okla. - It’s been ten years without any answers. The mother of a young Tulsa woman murdered on her 19th birthday ten years ago stopped by her daughter’s grave Saturday morning to renew her promise to find her daughter’s killer.
    FOX23’s Rick Maranon spoke with her about how she is committed to keep the case from growing cold.
    Maggie Zingman said that time heals some wounds but also increases frustration.
    “Sometimes I just want to scream, this isn’t fair,” Zingman said.
    Zingman’s daughter Brittany Phillips was raped and murdered on her 19th birthday October 4, 2004, and to this day, her killer still runs free.
    “Between my passion with the law, and my passion for trying to find her killer, that’s what keeps me going in a strange sort of way,” Zingman said.
    Zingman told FOX23 in addition to finding her daughter’s killer, her search for answers has forced her to take up a new cause. She would like to see the state collect DNA from anyone arrested, just like they do with fingerprints.
    She said that after many negative forensic DNA tests from possible suspects on a limited national database, she believes Brittany’s killer’s DNA could have been collected by now. Zingman said Oklahoma lawmakers have refused to create such a requirement citing privacy rights.
    “This was in the middle of the night. There were no witnesses. That’s what happens when you have violence against women. Unless you change the DNA laws, it’s going to happen, and it’s going to continue to happen,” Zingman said.
    Zingman recently finished her 12th caravan across America. Her daughter’s pictures and a suspect profile was wrapped around her car. She took her quest for justice on the road hoping for any new leads anywhere in America she can find hope. At the end of the day, the road leads back to Tulsa.
    “Part of me has to accept that we may never find her killer, but it’s about trying to protect other parents because this is the mark that every year is another year that they won’t be going through,” Zingman said.
    After she stopped by Brittany’s final resting place in Tulsa, Zingman headed down to Oklahoma City for a balloon raising at the state capitol where she called for a change in how state law collects DNA from criminals.

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