Authorities renew efforts to solve pregnant mother’s slaying


GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities pledged Tuesday to commit more resources to an investigation into the 2013 slaying of a pregnant mother in southern Ohio.

Brown County’s newly elected sheriff and prosecutor held a news conference to say they are stepping up efforts to solve Brittany Stykes’ homicide, and to ask for the public’s assistance.

The 22-year-old woman was four-months pregnant when she was shot and killed in a Jeep she was driving on Ohio 68 in Brown County on Aug. 28, 2013.

Police have said they thought they were responding to an accident when they got a report of a vehicle off the road in a wooded area in Ripley, about 45 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

Instead, they found Stykes dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Her then-14-month-old daughter was strapped in a car seat with a gunshot wound to the head. The girl has since recovered.

Officials said Commander John Burke of the Brown County Drug & Major Crimes Task Force, will lead the investigation for the sheriff’s office. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations also is assisting.

“The key here is to understand where we are in this case and how we are going to move forward,” Sheriff Gordon Ellis said.

Authorities also asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-352-3040. Those providing tips on the case will remain anonymous, officials said.

“We know that someone out there has information,” prosecutor Zac Corbin said.

Stykes’ parents attended the news conference. They said the fresh start by authorities gives them new hope.

“My daughter needs to not have died in vain,” Stykes’ mother, Mary Dodson said.

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