TWIN CITIES, Minn. - An Oklahoma mother stopped in the Twin Cities Wednesday, making Minnesota the 48th state in a cross country mission to find her daughter's killer.
Dr. Maggie Zingman is a trauma psychologist whose 19 year old daughter, Brittany Phillips was raped, suffocated and murdered in Tulsa in 2004. Phillips just finished her freshman year on a chemistry scholarship at Eckerd College.
Since the tragedy, she's driven her "Caravan to Catch a Killer" more than 70,000 miles, from coast to coast. Her car is wrapped with photos of her daughter and the possible clues and a profile of the murder suspect. Zingman says the killer's DNA has been compared to more than 2,000 people, but still after all these years there's still no match.
"And this trip has been especially hard because we are hitting the ninth year. And the story gets harder to tell about. But this person is hurting other people. And I so badly want these laws to change because losing a child is a losing of expectations, you know?" said Zingman.
Zingman is rallying for stronger DNA laws, asking states like Minnesota to take DNA samples upon arrest. That practice is law in 27 states but not in Minnesota, where a judge must determine probable cause before taking DNA.
"A lot of these rapists will get arrested for years and years but they don't get convicted. That means a lot of these dangerous people are going to be in our community. The main reason they need DNA, as a tool, it doesn't convict somebody but it as a tool to find people who do violent crimes. 90 percent of those victims of violent crimes are women and 9 percent are children," said Zingman.
The Caravan to Catch a Killer will be in the Twin Cities through tomorrow before heading to Bismarck, North Dakota. Zingman says she will be in downtown Minneapolis over the lunch hour Thursday.
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