Woman hoping to catch her daughter's killer makes a stop in FargoFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An Oklahoma woman has driven more than 71,000 miles, over 6 years, hoping to catch her daughter's killer.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An Oklahoma woman has driven more than 71,000 miles, over 6 years, hoping to catch her daughter's killer.
Maggie Zingman, in Fargo today, brought her story to local law enforcement, to attract attention with her "Caravan to Catch a Killer."
Maggie Zingman traveled from Oklahoma to Fargo hoping it might help her "Catch a Killer."
In 2004, Zingman's daughter Brittany Phillips was brutally raped and murdered in her Tulsa, Oklahoma apartment.
Maggie Zingman- Daughter was Murdered: "She was somebody who was very creative, very intelligent."
She was buried on her 19th birthday. Her murder remains a mystery.
Zingman: "When I first heard those words, that 'you need to call Tulsa police, your daughter has been murdered,' there was hole that opened up inside me that I knew was probably never going to be filled but I had to find some way to live with it."
For nearly six years now, Zingman has traveled the country trying to find tips to solve her daughter's murder.
This is her eleventh trip, visiting South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota, the last three states in the continental US she has not yet been to.
Besides bringing her story to local law enforcement, Zingman also pushes for DNA samples to be taken upon arrest.
In North Dakota, jails do collect DNA samples upon initial booking for those charged with felony crimes. However, if the charge is later dropped or changed to a misdemeanor, that sample is then destroyed.
Sgt. Katie Jacobson- Cass County Booking Supervisor: "If there is any future involvement in crimes, it's nice to have that information on file if we ever need to do any tracking."
Minnesota requires a felony conviction before taking a DNA sample.
Zingman says these cross-country roadtrips are costly and time-consuming, but she feels she has no choice.
Zingman: "It's how I've learned to walk with this loss. I have to look at her picture every day and I still will cry, I miss her."
Zingman says police have compared Brittany's killer's DNA to more than 2,100 regional suspects and 500,000 nation-wide, but have not found a match.