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Episode 38

Brittany Phillips Unsolved

December 16, 2019   Tags: , , ,
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Brittany Phillips:
18-year-old Brittany Phillips had just moved back to her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma in mid 2004. She had spent her first year of college in St. Petersburg, Florida at Eckerd College. But the chemistry student became homesick and enrolled in Tulsa Community College.

Brittany was living alone in an apartment on 65th Street. In September of 2004, someone else would enter her home to cause her harm. She had taken a friend home and then talked to her mom on the phone in the evening of September 27th. It was the last time Brittany was seen or heard from.

Over the next three days, Brittany missed appointments and classes. One of her friends became concerned and requested the Tulsa Police Department do a wellness check on Brittany.

When the police entered the apartment around 9 PM, they discovered Brittany's body. Her head was opposite of the pillows and there was clear evidence of a struggle in her room.

The first part of the police investigation was to determine how the killer gained entry to Brittany's apartment. All of the doors and windows were locked. But as they searched Brittany's apartment, they found a small door in her closet. The door led to a shared attic space. Brittany's apartment shared the space with seven other apartments. Anyone with access to those apartments would have been able to enter in home.

The medical examiner conducted their investigation of Brittany's body. There was evidence she was sexually assaulted. The cause of death has been reported as strangulation and/or suffocation.
Her time of death is estimated to have been sometime between 9 PM on September 27th and 8 AM on September 28th.

Also based on Brittany's body and her apartment, she tried to fight her attacker. It is thought at one point the killer slammed her against the wall.


The forensic team collected over 70 swabs of potential DNA at the scene. Of those swabs, there was a semen sample from the bed and a separate blood sample that contained the same DNA.

Police were certain these dual samples was Brittany's killer. They uploaded the DNA to CODIS. They also asked Parabon to digitally derive a potential sketch of the offender.

Tulsa Police released the DNA snapshot in January of 2018. The sketch brought in tips and ended with them finding the person who the DNA belonged to. However, after investigating, they ruled him out as a suspect. Leading the investigation back to square one and tons of possible DNA that could match the actual offender.







This set back hasn't stopped Brittany's mother Dr. Maggie Zingman in searching for her daughter's killer. Dr. Zingman started a campaign called Caravan to Catch a Killer. Through this campaign she drives across the country in a cars that are wrapped with Brittany's photos and case information. She hopes that the right person may see the vehicle to call in that crucial tip.

Dr. Maggie Zingman has also been crusading in the world of politics. To help with being able to identify violent offenders sooner, she's been lobbying-with success-for violent offenders to submit their DNA at arrest not conviction. She also runs a website: Brittany Phillips Murder.
ASSIGNMENT:
For this week’s assignment we want you to share information about Brittany’s case. Her killer may still be in Tulsa or he could be thousands of miles away. The case is solvable. There is DNA. If you have any information, no matter how small, please contact us.

CODE OF CONDUCT:

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police.
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members.
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want to the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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