One year since Brittany Eldridge was killed

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - It's been a year since a pregnant woman was found dead inside her apartment, covered in blood.

And still, not a single suspect in the murder of Brittany Eldridge.

While waiting for justice is frustrating for the family, they spent the anniversary of her death bringing smiles and teddy bears to kids at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

"It helps us to bring a little joy knowing that we're helping somebody else," said Robin Owens, Brittany's mom.

December 13, 2011 was the most painful day of Owens' life. That day, she found her daughter, eight months pregnant, brutally murdered.
Brittany and baby Zeke are always on her mind.

That's why she wanted to visit the patients in the hospital.

"Bring a little sunshine to their lives during the holidays, during the sick time in their lives," said Owens.

While they walk the halls carrying more than a hundred teddy bears, investigators are processing the evidence that they're hoping will lead them to an arrest.

It's been a frustrating wait for both the family, and police.

"Unfortunately not all of them are open-and-shut cases within an hour or two of the actual death of the individual. A lot of times it takes this long, or even longer," said KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

He says they've gotten some results from the TBI lab, but they're still waiting for more.

They're working closely with the District Attorney's office, who will ultimately decide if and when someone is charged.

"We think that once we get all the information that we need, we will be able to bring closure to the investigation," said DeBusk.

"I want to see justice done. I want us to get justice for Brittany and baby Zeke. We're their voice now, and I think that justice needs to be done, and I think it will," said Owens.

It's emotional for Owens to watch the kids' faces light up, as her daughter and grandson are not here for a second holiday season.

But those smiles will get her through another day.

There will be a two shows this weekend to benefit the Brittany and Zeke Foundation.

The concert will be at the American Legion Hall in Maryville. The address is 224 Waters Road, Maryville.

The show starts at 8:00 on both Friday and Saturday, and will go on until closing time. Anyone 13 years old and up is welcome.

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