Published: Wed., Sept. 18, 2013 --- 4:30 p.m.
This month marks the 4th annual 5K run in Brittany Zimmermann's memory, and another year that her killer walks the streets.
But this time, the run doesn't just raise awareness and funds for the UW-Madison student's unsolved murder. The case of Kelly Nolan, a UW-Whitewater student whose killer has never been caught either, will also be included.
"It is the Nolan family's sincere hope that by keeping both Kelly and Brittany's unsolved murder cases in the spotlight, that persons that have information about either case, will finally come forward," said John Summers, one of the lead investigators on the Nolan homicide case.
Nolan's body was found in a wooded area in the town of Dunn, after a night out with friends on State St. during the summer of 2007,
Less than a year later, Brittany Zimmermann was stabbed and strangled inside her W. Doty St. apartment on April 2, 2008.
"These two girls had so much going for them, had their whole lives ahead of them," said Brittany's mom, Jean Zimmermann.
More than five years have passed since Brittany's parents, Jean and Kevin Zimmermann lost their daughter. Police have yet to find the person responsible. Her murder rocked the UW-Madison campus and sparked outrage when it was discovered the 911 center mishandled a call from Brittany's cell phone.
"We're hopeful. We're frustrated. We're everything in between," Jean said at a press conference for the Brittany Run.
She wants the event to both raise money for Madison Area Crime Stoppers and raise awareness about crime downtown.
"There's a lot of other students that don't really understand their surroundings and how scary it can be out there." Jean said.
Police say there are always new tips coming in, and they are still actively investigating both cases. Rewards have been set up for anyone who has information about what happened to Kelly and Brittany.
"There are people out there who know who did this, who may in a roundabout way have heard something about Brittany's murder, and we have to hope that at one point they do the right thing," Jean said. "Whether it's for the $40,000, I don't care why they do it, just do it."
The Brittany Run will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m. at UW Lot 60.