Brittany Stykes: Memorial Tuesday for pregnant mother killed 8 years ago

Brittany Stykes: Memorial Tuesday for pregnant mother killed 8 years ago
Aubree and Brittany Stykes (Courtesy of Stykes Family Fund Facebook page).

BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The family of a pregnant Tri-State mother shot to death nearly eight years ago will hold a virtual remembrance in her honor Tuesday night.

Brittany Stykes, 22, was found dead inside a yellow jeep on State Route 68 in Brown County the evening of Aug. 28, 2013.

Her unborn baby did not survive.

Her 1-year-old daughter, Aubree, also was in the Jeep and was shot in the head, but survived.

Brittany’s father father tells FOX19 NOW an online vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

All are welcome to participate.

The case remains unsolved.

No one has been charged, and no suspects have been named.

A $20,000 reward has been out for any information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the case for the past seven years, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Brittany’s father is still holding out hope for justice.

She was one week away from finding out the sex of her unborn baby when she was gunned down, he said.

“Brittany was a big part of our lives. My mornings woke up with a phone call from her every morning,” her father, David Dodson of Ripley, told FOX19 NOW Tuesday morning.

“I know that somebody out there knows what happened to my daughter. I want the truth to come out. Little Aubree always asks me what happened to her mommy and I want to be able to answer that one of these days for her. She always questions me about her mommy. She was only a year old when this happened.”

Brittany’s husband, Shane Stykes, successfully sued the sheriff’s office to get the yellow Jeep back.

He has told FOX19 NOW that Aubree wanted the vehicle, despite what happened inside of it, because it reminded her of her mother.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Brittany’ killer.

Sheriff Gordon Ellis said they will continue to work the case until they resolve it.

“This one touches everyone. The type of victim and the unborn child in this. It is as difficult of a homicide as you ever encounter in law enforcement.”

“Someone out there knows what happened,” added Detective Quinn Carlson. “I want to reach that person. I want them to know they can talk to us anonymously if they would like to.

Detective Carlson can be reached via email at qcarlson@bcoso.us or by calling 937-378-4435, ext. 130.

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