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Grieving mother drives Caravan to Catch a Killer through Las Vegas

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 18:31:15-04

An Oklahoma mother has taken her search for her daughter's killer to the Las Vegas valley, and she hopes to solve the murder with her Caravan to Catch a Killer.

"As a mother I thought, I've got to do something to help," says Maggie Zingman.  

More than 10 years ago, Maggie's daughter, Brittany Phillips, was brutally raped and murdered while she was at college in Tulsa. Now, Maggie travels across the country in her caravan, wrapped in her daughter's picture.

"I look at my daughter every day, and I cry every day," Maggie says. "I can't help it, I miss her!"

Thursday is the first time she's visited Las Vegas, where according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, there could be tens of thousands of people walking the Strip at any given time. That's tens of thousands of people who could possibly know what happened to Maggie's daughter. 

"It could actually work," says Randy Sutton, 13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas police lieutenant. 

He says it's happened before, where crimes from across the country have been solved through breaks right here in the valley. 

"I can't tell you how many fugitives have been arrested here for committing murders in other parts of the country," Sutton says. 

Maggie says whether or not the killer is found, she hopes her caravan can spread this message. 

"Tell everybody you love that you love them every day," Maggie says. "I know I did that the night I talked to [Brittany], and she was killed that night."