Police: DNA found not connected to cold case murder

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TULSA, Okla. – Investigators say a promising lead in the search for a killer has resulted in another dead-end.

In 2004, 18-year-old Brittany Phillips was found raped and murdered inside her Tulsa apartment. It was just days before her 19th birthday.

Authorities say Phillips’ apartment showed signs of a break-in, and evidence at the scene suggested that a sexual assault had occurred.

“I opened the door to this young sheriff standing in the rain, and he had a piece of paper in his hand and he just quickly said to me, ‘Are you Maggie Zingman?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘You need to call Tulsa police, your daughter’s been murdered,” Dr. Maggie Zingman, Phillips’  mother, told KJRH.

Investigators began looking into Phillips’ murder, but have never been able to pinpoint a suspect. DNA from the scene never came up with a match.

13 years later, Tulsa police announced that they believed they were closer to finding the person responsible for her death.

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In 2018, police used DNA evidence recovered at the scene to generate a composite sketch.

Now, they say DNA evidence found at the scene is actually not connected to Phillips’ death.

According to FOX 23, officials say a further investigation determined the man was not involved in her death.

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