Subpoena may bring new leads in Brittany Stykes' mysterious shooting death

RIPLEY, Ohio -- A large wooden cross with flowers stands out alongside U.S. Route 68 near Georgetown, Ohio.

It marks two months since the mysterious death of Brittany Stykes, who was found shot in her Jeep a short distance away.

It also marks two months of no arrests and thin leads.

But this week, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office revealed a new development in the case -- detectives have issued a subpoena to force a person to testify before a grand jury next month.

Deputies will not identify the person, but said they are being “uncooperative.”

Stykes was 17-weeks pregnant when she was found with multiple gunshot wounds and slouched in her vehicle on Aug. 28, just three miles away from her parents’ home in Ripley.

Since their daughter’s death, Mary and David Dodson say they're doing what they can so that no one forgets her.

"Did I ever think in my lifetime I would be putting a cross alongside the road for one of my children? No," Mary Dodson said.

The Dodsons held a small ceremony Monday at 7:30 p.m. -- the time they believe Stykes was killed exactly two months earlier. 

"I never want my daughter forgotten,” Mary said. “Not that I think she will be. I really don't. But the community is still coming to us saying, 'Don't take her picture down. Leave her picture on the porch.'"

Hours after her family held their small memorial service, Styke's official autopsy report was released -- 11 pages of information including what the forensic pathologist said Stykes ultimately died from: a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to the coroner’s report, Stykes suffered gunshot wounds to her neck, chest and right arm.

The coroner did not find gunshot residue or stippling at the site of the wounds, indicating that Stykes was not shot at close range.

She also had several abrasions to her face, right arm and fingers, as well as abrasions to her right leg.

Toxicology results show that no drugs or alcohol were found in her system.

When Stykes’ body was brought to the coroner’s office, officials said she had about $125 in cash on her. Her jewelry was still with her.

The Dodsons said the report didn't tell them anything new.

But they're very interested to hear what a potential witness in their daughter’s death could tell a grand jury in November.

"Just dealing with the grief and Brittany not being here, it's so much on us,” Mary said. “I trust in the Lord and I trust in the sheriff's department that they're doing their job. They're going to find the answers.”

Stykes’ toddler-aged daughter Aubree was also found in the vehicle the night of the shooting, and suffered a gunshot wound to her head. Just 14 months old at the time, Aubree managed to survive and was treated and released from Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Since the shooting, Aubree has undergone four emergency brain surgeries and several setbacks. Doctors had to insert a shunt to help move fluid from her head to the rest of her body.

She's currently at home with her father Shane Stykes recovering. 

The Brown County Sheriff's Office ruled out Shane as a suspect.

If you have any information about this case, the Brown County Sheriff's Office asks that you call 937-378-4435.

You may also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or toll free at 1-888-352-3040 -- or you may send an anonymous tip via the Brown County Sheriff’s Office website at www.bcso.info .

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