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Clues in murder of Brittany Stykes have something in common

BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- On Thursday, August 28th, 2014 Dave Dodson should be celebrating his birthday.

Instead, he'll be at a roadside cross off US-68 in Brown County for a memorial service.  It is also the anniversary of his pregnant daughter's unsolved murder.

Brittany Stykes was shot to death in the jeep she was driving. Her 14-month-old daughter, Aubree, took a bullet to the head but survived.

Dodson said, "It will be a hard day. Not a birthday I want to celebrate, but I want people to remember Brittany."

The Detective on the case said Brittany's murder was always on his mind. He believes it's going to be solved. But it was not like the TV shows where the killer left behind DNA and fingerprints.  There was none of that.  Brown County Detective Buddy Moore followed hundreds of leads that all ended up in the same place.  They all end up pointing to the same circle of people.

Detective Moore said, "The leads come back to the same circle.  Every lead we received in the last seven months has taken us to the same circle of people."

A group of people Moore said was capable of murder.  Moore does not believe the shooting was random and he also does not believe Brittany was the target.  Moore said it was possible the bullets were meant for Brittany's husband, Shane, who usually drove the jeep.

Shane believed he knew who killed Brittany.  He turned the information over to police.  The man would have been after Shane, not Brittany. But Detective Moore said there was no evidence linking that man to the murder.

Shane said he hopes someday there will be justice for his wife and unborn son. They were going to name him Wyatt.  Aubree's red hair has grown back after four brain surgeries.  She was a baby when she watched her mother die.  Sunday she wanted to know why her mommy went to heaven and left her here.

Brittany's mother, Mary Dodson, told Aubree, "Your mommy didn't leave you, someone took your mommy from you."

There is a reward for information that leads to Brittany's killer through Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040

For Buddy Moore you can call communications: 937-378-4435   

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