Tip leads to major break in Brittany Stykes murder case

Tip leads to major break in Brittany Stykes murder case (VIDEO)

BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Nearly two years after Brittany Stykes was found shot to death, authorities believe they have finally identified her killer.

Brown County Chief Deputy Sheriff Carl Smith said detectives received promising information in June that will most likely be presented to a grand jury within two months.

He expressed confidence that the latest information nailed down a single suspect.

"As soon as the grand jury gives us an indictment, we'll make an arrest then," Smith Wednesday.

The tips came from Carroll and Owen counties in Kentucky.

Smith declined to elaborate on the suspect.

"We still have a lot of investigating to do on this case, but it's looking very promising," he said.

Brown County sheriff's detectives have tirelessly chased leads since Stykes was murdered on Aug. 28, 2013.

Officials found Stykes, who was 17 weeks pregnant, shot to death behind the wheel of her Jeep along Ohio 68 in Brown County. Her daughter also was shot. She's undergone several brain surgeries.

A candlelight vigil will be held at her memorial cross on Ohio 68 between Gooselick Road and Ripley Dayhill Road at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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