HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – An Oklahoma mother is experiencing one of the most devastating events that can happen to a parent. Dr. Maggie Zingman is searching for the killer of her teenage daughter Brittany Phillips. Phillips was raped and murdered in her apartment in Tusla, Oklahoma, in September 2004.
Zingman is in Huntington today to spread the word. “This is been a labor of love for the last 13 of the 15 years of Britty’s is murder,” Zingman said.
She’s using her car, covered with photos of Brittany, to keep her memory alive and provide a mechanism for anyone with a tip or information. Zingman stands outside looking at the car and points to one of the photos of her daughter.
“That is such an essence of Britty. It was those eyes that I could never say no to,” Zingman said.
Zingman left information with the Huntington Police Department Thursday morning. She’s an advocate for first-arrest DNA, taking a DNA sample the first time someone is arrested for a crime and keeping it on file if there’s a second occurance. Zingman says this is another way it might be possible to catch her daughter’s killer.
Investigators were able to use the DNA found at the crime scene to make a rendering of what Brittany’s killer might look like.
Zingman has driven more than 200,000 miles and visited nearly every state. She credits all the people she’s met along the way with helping her keep her daughter’s name alive, and keeping her alive, too.
“You know people, the kindness of them in every single state I’ve visited is so unbelievable. You know it’s hugs and well-wishes and people taking pictures of the car and people saying I saw your car driving by, emailing me when they go to our website – that all makes it better to handle,” Zingman said.