Posted: April 26, 2012 in Death, News

In 2010 16 year old Phylicia Barnes went missing after visiting her estranged family members in North Carolina for the Christmas Holidays. Her mother was hesitant about allowing the teen to visit and stay with her half-sister (Deena Barnes) whom neither had never met. Deena and Phylica shared the same dad. The dad warned the teens mom about the company that 28 yr old Deena kept, but after speaking to Deena, Phylicia’s mom felt safe letting her go.

The teens mom wasn’t made aware of her disappearance until after her mom made numerous calls to Deena’s house, after she hadn’t heard from her daughter.

After contacting the authorities, a search ensued and on April 20, 2011 the search for bares came to a tragic end. Her body was pulled from the Susquehana River. Her death was ruled a homicide but no arrests were made until this week. Police arrested Barne’s half-sister’s ex boyfriend. Michael Johnson.       Read entire story below

Baltimore police said they have arrested a man in the death of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes, whose body was found in a river after she vanished in 2010 while visiting relatives in the area.

Michael Johnson has been arrested in the teen’s death, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press early Thursday.

Authorities have said Johnson was the former boyfriend of Barnes’ older sister and the last person to see her alive. Guglielmi said prosecutors would release more information later Thursday on the arrest.

Barnes, 16, disappeared Dec. 28, 2010 while visiting her sister in northwest Baltimore.

Workers at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River found her body the following April in northeast Maryland. Medical examiners later ruled the death a homicide.

Soon after the teen vanished, Baltimore police alerted local media saying her disappearance was unusual because she had no history of disputes with her family or trouble with the law. Police called it one of the strangest and most vexing missing persons cases they had investigated.

At one point, Guglielmi described it as “Baltimore’s Natalee Holloway case,” referring to the Alabama teen who disappeared during a trip to Aruba.

The case led to a bill in the Maryland legislature called “Phylicia’s Law,” to improve coordination between law enforcement and community groups when a child disappears. The bill requires state officials to publish a list of missing children and annual statistics. They may also keep a list of groups of volunteers to help with searches and local law enforcement must try to work with them.


Baltimore police have intensified their search for Phylicia Barnes, a missing North Carolina teen who may have been abducted while visiting relatives in Baltimore.

Thus far police have no suspects and no persons of interest.

The 16-year-old was last seen Dec. 28 at her half-sister’s apartment in Northwest Baltimore, reports CBS affiliate WJZ.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says there has been no sign of Barnes since she disappeared and that there has been no activity on the teen’s cell phone.

“She would’ve used her cell phone at least once and that hasn’t been the case,” Guglielmi told WJZ.

Detectives involved in the investigation, who have been joined by the FBI, now fear foul play and say there is reason believe the teen may have been abducted in part because of items that she left behind at the apartment, including money.

Barnes’ mother Janice Sallis has revealed additional troubling information. She told WJZ that there was a party at her 28-year-old half-daughter’s apartment that involved men, alcohol, and marijuana.

“I feel that she is being sexually assaulted against her will. I feel that she is being physically abused. I feel that she could be a part of the human trafficking,” Sallis told WJZ.

Police have served a search warrant at the apartment of the missing teen’s half sister, but it is not clear what they were searching for.

Barnes, an honor roll student from Monroe, N.C. about 25 miles southeast of Charlotte, was on track to graduate early from a charter school and is already applying to colleges.

Sallis says Barnes was visiting three older half-siblings in Baltimore.






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