Body Found In River Is Missing Teen

Thursday, April 21, 2011 – Robert Lang and WBAL-TV’s Jayne Miller

Both Baltimore City Police and the Maryland State Police have confirmed that one of the bodies pulled out of the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam on Wednesday was that of Phylicia Barnes, the North Carolina teen who disappeared from Northwest Baltimore in late December.

Authorities are declining further comment until a news conference tonight at Maryland State Police Headquarters.

Earlier today, Barnes father told a North Carolina television station that the body was his daughter.

The father spoke to WBTV in Charlotte.

The bodies of two African Americans, one male and one female, was pulled from the river Wednesday.

Investigators say Barnes had an identical tattoo to the female body.

An autopsy confirmed that the body was Barnes.

Barnes, from Monroe, N.C., was visiting family in northwest Baltimore over the Christmas holiday. She disappeared on Dec. 28.

She disappeared weeks before her 17th birthday.

Since then, police have conducted massive searches for Barnes that turned up no possible clues in her disappearance.

Police said two troopers crossing the Conowingo Dam were flagged down by people working there at about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The female body was pulled from the river at about 10 a.m. The man’s body was found about 2 p.m., police said.

 
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