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Pictured; Brittany Phillips

11/02/12 – TULSA, OK — Eighteen-year-old Brittany Phillips was a student who was taking courses at Tulsa Community College and was days away from her 19th birthday. She was described as a bubbly, happy person who had no known enemies, the type of girl who always kept in contact with family and friends and was always responsible, taking her school work seriously. So it was surprising when she suddenly stopped showing up to TCC and couldn’t be reached by phone.

On October 1, 2004, after a couple days of missed classes, a concerned friend decided to stop over Brittany’s apartment at Union Apartments, where she was living alone. She walked into a horrifying scene, Brittany’s decomposing body. She had been laying there for several days.

The last time anyone had contact with Brittany was on the evening of September 27, 2004. Sometime during the late-night hours of 09/27/04 and the early-morning hours of 09/28/04, an unidentified man was in her apartment. It is unknown if he was invited in or broke in. She was assaulted, raped and then strangled to death and he left her bruised and battered body lying on her bed in her second floor apartment.

October 4, 2004, Brittany’s nineteenth birthday, was suppose to be a day of celebration but instead, her family and friends were attending her funeral.

Since her murder, authorities have interviewed MANY people and have compared thousands of DNA with no luck. 

Brittany’s mother, Maggie Zingman, was left devastated and was determined to find her daughters killer.

Maggie Zingman

Photo of Maggie Zingman, Brittany’s mother

Maggie is a trauma psychologist, a trauma survivor and a “mom on a mission doing a labor of love.”

Every few months Maggie focuses on looking for her daughter’s killer. She drives her third Caravan to Catch a Killer SUV covered with pictures of her deceased daughter and facts about her brutal rape and murder. People are drawn to her SUV by its moving billboard while she shares her story of Brittany’s short, but gifted life. She also discusses the facts surrounding Brittany’s murder in the hope that she will eventually receive a tip that may lead to the killer and that lessons may be learned from the issues that impede her daughter’s investigation.

Caravan to Catch a Killer

Photo of Maggie’s Caravan ”to catch a killer,” which is made to draw attention with hopes that some day the right person will see it and remember and/or say something.

She has also driven more than 13,000 miles to conduct media interviews and meet with local homicide departments, government officials, and community leaders. She hopes that by receiving national coverage, she will help improve current rape laws and raise awareness about how DNA backlogs and justice issues related to rape affect the occurrence of murders such as Brittany’s and impede investigations. She credits law enforcement and volunteers in Tulsa, Oklahoma for having helped in her daughter’s investigation and also the companies who have helped raise awareness for the cause and promote the Caravan to Catch a Killer, such as LAMAR Advertising and Midwest Wraps/Fellers Vinyl. Maggie remains on a mission to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.

 

For additional information regarding this case, go to: brittanyphillipsmurder.com

 

Anyone with information regarding this cold case, please contact: Tulsa Police Department (homicide hotline) at 918-798-8477 you can also call and leave a tip at ‘Tulsa Tips’ – 918-596-COPS – Lead Detective Vic Regalado ( vregalado@cityoftulsa.org ) – 918 596-9141 1ST LEAD DETECTIVE October 1, 2004 – May 5, 2012 DET. JEFF FELTON – NOW TULSA D.A. OFFICE

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Detectives have been trying to solve this cold case for years – maybe you can help.

Blonde, blue-eyed, beautiful and blessed with a bubbly personality – the quintessential girl next door. That was Sharon Marshall. She was also very intelligent, an avid reader near the top of her high school class, listed in Who’s Who of American High School Students, a Lt. Colonel in the ROTC and she had earned a full scholarship to Georgia Tech University where she planned to study aerospace engineering. Sharon proudly graduated from high school in Forest Park, GA in 1986.

Only her name wasn’t really Sharon Marshall – she didn’t know what her real name was. Nor did she know who her parents were or even what day, month, year or in which city or state she was born. It is thought that Sharon was born sometime in the late 1960’s although no one knows for sure because Sharon had been kidnapped when she was just a toddler, probably sometime between 1973-1975.

Franklin Delano Floyd, a psychopath, sexual predator and convicted felon, abducted and raised Sharon as his own daughter while posing as her ailing father, all the while sexually abusing her from a very young age. Floyd would later claim that he had “rescued” Sharon when she was unwanted and abandoned by her biological parents.

The first known public record of Sharon exists in 1975 in an Oklahoma City school where she was registered under the alias “Suzanne Davis“.

 

SUZANNE DAVIS – 1975

"Suzanne Davis"
“Suzanne Davis”

Sharon’s good natured personality and good grades ultimately worked against her. Although she had few friends and sometimes dressed inappropriately, no one was suspicious of the young lady who had to be home by 4:30 p.m. everyday to help her sick father or wondered why she moved so often that she was in the fourth school in a single year during her high school career. If anyone did get curious and questioned her about the whereabouts of her mother, Sharon would explain that when she was a young girl her mother had died of cancer or she was known to tell others, her mother had died in a fatal car accident. When the questions became too probing or intense Floyd and Sharon would pick up and move to places like Oklahoma City, Louisville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa, New Orleans and Tulsa.

It is known that upon her graduation Sharon moved to Phoenix, AZ.  Sometime during the next couple of years Floyd and Sharon moved to Tampa, FL where she gave birth to a baby boy on March 21, 1988 using the alias “Tonya Dawn Tadlock”. She subsequently named the baby Michael Anthony Hughes and it is thought she used the last name Hughes because at the time, Floyd was using the aliases Charles Hughes and Clarence Marcus Hughes although, he also used many other aliases over the span of his criminal career. The natural assumption is that Floyd was Michael’s biological father, however, this theory was disproved with DNA test results in the 1990’s.

 

Sharon Marshall & Michael Hughes

Sharon Marshall
Sharon Marshall
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Franklin Delano Floyd

Floyd in 2002
Floyd in 2002
DEATH ROW - Current Mug Shot
DEATH ROW – Current Mug Shot

During this time period, Sharon began to work as an exotic dancer, her dreams of studying aerospace engineering by now a distant memory. Sharon made friends with Cheryl Ann Commesso, 19, an exotic dancer who worked at the same club. Cheryl was beaten and killed by two shots to the back of the head in 1989. She was dumped along Florida Interstate 275 and for a long time was known simply as “Jane Doe I-275″. Soon after, Floyd and Sharon left Florida and shortly after that, the trailor they had occupied burned to the ground.

In yet another twist to this stranger than fiction story, Sharon and Floyd were married in 1989 in New Orleans under the aliases Clarence Marcus Hughes and Tonya Dawn Tadlock. Floyd and Sharon, along with Michael, then headed to Oklahoma.

In April of 1990 Sharon was killed in a suspicious hit and run accident while both she and Floyd were being sought in connection with Cheryl Ann Commesso’s murder investigation. Floyd remains the primary suspect in the hit and run that killed his daughter/wife.

After his mother’s death, when DNA test results proved conclusively that Floyd was not Michael’s biological father, Floyds visitation rights were terminated and Michael was put into foster care. His foster parents, who had begun formal adoption proceedings, reported that when he first came to them Michael was non-verbal, had limited muscle control and often exhibited hysterical behavior. While in their care, however, Michael apparently made great progress.

In the final twist to this bizarre and sad story, Michael was kidnapped by Floyd from Indian Meridian Elementary School in Choctaw, OK on September 12, 1994. He held school officials at gunpoint and forced Michael and the school principal into the principal’s pick-up truck. Eventually Floyd let the principal go, basically unharmed but traumatized, tied to a tree. Young Michael was never seen again.

Floyd was arrested two months later in Kentucky where he steadfastedly refused to give any information as to Michael’s whereabouts. Floyd claimed Michael was out of the country or possibly in the Atlanta, GA area. However, multiple witnesses have come forward saying Floyd confessed to them that he murdered Michael by drowning him in a bathtub, somewhere in the Atlanta area. Still other witnesses say they saw Floyd bury Michael’s’ body in a grave. Floyd was tried and sentenced to 55 yrs in prison for Michael’s kidnapping.

Some time later, a mechanic working on Floyd’s old pick-up truck, which had been auctioned, discovered a multitude of photos wedged over the gas tank. The explicit photographs clearly proved Sharon had been subjected to sexual abuse her entire life. In addition, photos showing Cheryl Ann Commesso beaten and bound and sitting on the sofa in Floyd’s old trailor in Florida, were discovered along with photos of other females. These photographs were used as evidence against Floyd in the Commesso murder trial in 2002 where he was later convicted and sent to death row.

After Sharon’s death, upon further investigation into Floyd’s background, investigators learned that he was a career criminal who had first been arrested at the age of 17 in a gunfight with law enforcement during a burglary. Floyd was also arrested for abducting and raping a young woman at a bowling alley in 1962. All told, Floyd has admitted to convicting at least 19 felonies.

Floyd has not been convicted of either Sharon or Michael’s murders but is still under investigation for both crimes. He has a documented history of schizophrenia, was raised by two alcoholic parents and at some point was turned over to an orphanage by his mother who never came back to retrieve him. Floyd’s defense attorneys presented these facts in his defense at his trials in an attempt to solicit sympathy from the juries.

Franklin Delano Floyd now sits on death row at the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, FL.

Sadly, Michael Hughes has never been located and is presumed dead. His mother “Sharon Marshall” still remains unidentified and is buried in Choctaw, OK.

Real Name: Unknown

Known aliases:

  • Sharon Marshall (most commonly used alias)
  • Suzanne Davis (mostly when she was a young child)
  • Tonya Hughes
  • Tonya Dawn Tadlock

Real Name: Franklin Delano Floyd

Known Aliases:

  • Charles Hughes
  • Clarence Marcus Hughes
  • Trenton Davis
  • Warren Judson Marshall
  • Preston Morgan
  • Kingfish Floyd

If you have any information about Michael or Sharon, please contact the Choctaw, OK Police Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If you found this case interesting and would like to learn more about Sharon and Michael and this fascinating case, I highly recommend author Matt Birkbeck’s terrific book  ” A Beautiful Child”. It’s one of the best true crime stories I have ever read.  Warning:  once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve finished reading it!

Photo Of Ashley Freeman (Left) And Lauria Bible (Right) 

Missing Since December 30, 1999 from Oklahoma

Unsolved: Ashley Freeman lived in Welch, OK and had just celebrated her ”Sweet 16th” Birthday on December 29, 1999 with her best friend, Lauria Bible, a girl she grew up with.  She also had her boyfriend, Jeremy Hurst, come over but he left that night around 9:30pm.

Sweet turned to sour when, at 6am the following morning, a 911 call from the neighbor saying the Freeman trailer home was on fire and that the girls were inside. Police raced over and so did Jay and Lorene Bible, Laura’s parents. They began looking through the ashes and discovered the body of Kathy Freeman, Ashley’s Mother.

Police could not find the bodies of Danny Freeman, Ashley and Lauria. They theorized that he killed Kathy and abducted his daughter and her friend, however, his remains were found a day later on new years day. They both had been shot in the head before the fire.

Lauria Bible nor Ashley Freeman were never found.

Lauria’s purse was left behind with $200 in it suggesting they might have been abducted and robbery was ruled out as a motive.

Due to several mistakes in the investigation, much of the evidence at the crime scene was destroyed or tampered with. By the time the OSBI and FBI came to the scene, they had little to nothing to go on.

Photo Of Kathy & Danny Freeman

There were no suspects in the case, but before his death, Danny had warned his brother, Dwayne Vancil, that if anything happened to him to look at the Craig Count Sheriff’s Department. His son, Shane, had been shot and killed by a deputy after taking a truck, and they were about to file a wrongful death lawsuit on the department. The deputies voluntarily took themselves out of the investigation, and the case was turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the sheriff’s department all passed polygraph tests. Another theory was that Danny was a small time drug trafficker, and that he had met with two unidentified men two weeks before the murder, one of whom he did not want there and made them leave, but that theory never fit with the girls’ disappearance. Some believe Ashley killed her parents and fled with Lauria, because there was evidence of friction between Ashley and her father, but authorities do not believe that the girls could have hidden out for so long and those who knew the teen stated she wasn’t violent, and cared about her mother a lot.

This case was aired on July 3, 2001. It was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted and Vanished With Beth Holloway.

Jeremy Bryan Jones and another man have both “confessed” to having led both Lauria and Ashley from the house and killing them elsewhere, but one confession has been proven false, and the other confession is suspected to be false as well. The girls have never been found.

Mugshot of Jeremy Jones

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As of 2012, the girl’s whereabouts remain unsolved and Ashley Freeman’s family still hasn’t had Justice.

Pictured: Ashley Renae Freeman – Ashley may have last been wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, white tennis shoes, and a windbreaker.

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DOB: 29-Dec-1983
Sex:
F
Hair: Lt. Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5. 7″ – 170 cm
Weight:145 lbs – 66 kg

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Lauria Jaylene Bible

Pictured: Lauria Jaylene Bible – Lauria may have last been wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and either white tennis shoes or black boots. She was also wearing silver earrings in the shape of a heart with a diamond on them.

DOB: 18-Apr-1983
Missing:
30-Dec-1999
Age now: 16 years
Sex: F
Hair: Brown
Eyes:
Hazel
Height: 5’5″ – 165 cm
Weight: 130 lbs – 59 kg
Missing from:
Welch, OK, USA

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The Freeman Family:  

Ashley was living with her parents and her older brother, Shane Freeman, in a trailer-home in Welch, Oklahoma. Her family had problems that required counseling due to her brother Shane stealing his Uncles pick-up truck in 1998, and other behavioral issues. Shane was also charged with breaking into Lauria Bible’s family home in the first week of January, 1999. He had stolen some of Lauria’s possessions along with money and guns that belonged to the Parents of Lauria Bible.

That same week, on January 8th, 1999, Shane was driving a stolen vehicle that belonged to a neighbor. When the car broke down on a Oklahoma Country road. A Police Officer would later state that when he went to investigate and arrest Shane, that he (Shane) pulled a gun out of his back pocket. The Officer shot and killed Shane On January 8th, 1999. The incident was later investigated and it was ruled in favor of the Officer. Many people have their own theories of what happened that day. The Freeman family had an ongoing feud with the Welch Sheriff’s Office due to Shane being killed in what they believe was cold-blooded-murder. According to them, Shane was shot in the backside which would make the Officer’s account of what happened, false.

In the Summer of ’98, Ashley’s father Danny , who is known to have a violent temper, was charged with abusing Shane. Her father stated that the whole incident was exaggerated and overblown although visible marks were on Shane.

Shane isn’t the only one who caught the bad-end of Danny’s temper. In 1985 he was charged with beating his father-in-law after the man trimmed his bushes without asking Danny first. Rumors stated that Danny was involved in drugs and was verbally and physically abusive of his children, although he denies this.

Kathy Freeman was unlike her husband or son, she was considered the main bread-whiner who always showed up to work. A loving, dependable, caring person who didn’t have trouble with the law.

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 For more information regarding the Freeman Family, click the link provided. - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/freeman_ashley.html

For more information on Lauria Bible, click the link provided. - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bible_lauria.html

A $50,000 reward is being offered in the case.

Anyone with information concerning this case should take no action, but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI Office or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.

Or call 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) with any information.