Six months later, police have new lead in murder of Brittany Stykes

BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Friday marks six months since the murder of a pregnant mother that stunned a Brown County community.

"There's days you can get through and there's other days it's very hard to accept the fact that she's gone," said David Dodson.

Investigators now have a group of people they're looking into as persons of interest and the Brown County Sheriff's Office says they're closer to naming a motive and a suspect.

"We need the answers, the community needs the answers, why," said Mary Dodson. "Someone needs to be held accountable for what they've done."

Investigators cleared Styke's husband as a person of interest, but the Dodson's think he knows something about why this all happened.

"As to him actually doing it no, but I think there's some kind of involvement there," said David.

"I think it might have something to do with something he's done," adds Mary.

The night Brittany was murdered, her daughter Aubree was also hit with a bullet. After multiple surgeries, she was released from the hospital. Today, Mary says Aubree is doing great.

"She toddles around and she's like her mother and has a little bit of an attitude and she's doing well," said Mary.

Brittany's parents say they talk with the sheriff's office every day about the investigation, and if it wasn't for their faith they wouldn't be able to get through this.

"You have to know to even feel like we have any chance of having some life for ourselves. This has taken so much from our family that you just don't realize," said Mary.

The reward for any information on this case is now $10,000. Anyone with information is asked to call the Brown County Sheriff's office at (937) 378-4435.

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