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JN
Jan 10th, 2011, 03:18 PM
NEWS: 16-YEAR-OLD PHYLICIA BARNES IS MISSING…SO IS MEDIA ATTENTION (http://concreteloop.com/2011/01/news-16-year-old-phylicia-barnes-is-missing-so-is-media-attention)

http://cdn.concreteloop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/phylicia_barnes_missing.jpg
Authorities are currently searching for 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes who disappeared on December 28th while visiting family in Baltimore, Maryland. The high school senior and honors student, who is originally from North Carolina, was last heard from via a Facebook posting she made that she was at her sister’s apartment with her sister’s boyfriend. Several people who visited the apartment are currently considered persons of interest.
There has been no activity on Barnes’ Facebook account, bank account or cell phone account since she was reported missing, Baltimore police said. Barnes was last seen wearing a navy blue hooded pea coat, a turquoise thermal shirt, blue jeans and white slippers/boots.
Investigators in Baltimore are offering a $2,500 reward for information in her disappearance. The tip line number is 1-855-223-0033.
Billboards featuring blown-up photos of Phylicia Barnes are being placed along the Interstate 95 corridor between Baltimore and New York. They will include the number of the 24-hour toll-free tip line that was recently created for the case.

Bismarck.
Jan 10th, 2011, 03:51 PM
So...?

tennisbuddy12
Jan 10th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Such a shame...Asha Degree was in my grade in the same town as me when she went missing. A girl I graduated with went missing for like a day, but she came back and admitted to running away. Such a shame. Hope for the best for her and her family.

Kworb
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:00 PM
People go missing every day. :shrug: If you want media attention you need to be beautiful and rich, and disappear on some exotic island.

NyCPsU
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:07 PM
^Exactly. Why does this case stand out? Almost everyone knows someone who went missing and there was no media attention for them. My friend's brother went missing 3 years ago and has still never been heard from. They think he left the country under an alias but no one has any clue really. My friend says the not knowing is worse than actually knowing something bad happened to him. :sad:

mykarma
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:48 PM
^Exactly. Why does this case stand out? Almost everyone knows someone who went missing and there was no media attention for them. My friend's brother went missing 3 years ago and has still never been heard from. They think he left the country under an alias but no one has any clue really. My friend says the not knowing is worse than actually knowing something bad happened to him. :sad:
Maybe the difference is because they think your friends brother may have left the country on his own. I hope that's true and someday he'll contact his family.

Tripp
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Looking at her picture, I can see why there is no media frenzy around her missing: Missing White Woman Syndrome (MWWS) clearly doesn't apply here.

American media can be pretty messed up sometimes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome

mckyle.
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:02 PM
I saw this either on NBC or CNN (can't remember which) so the media attention is there.

Direwolf
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:27 PM
She does look like that girl in your picture.

NyCPsU
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:46 PM
Maybe the difference is because they think your friends brother may have left the country on his own. I hope that's true and someday he'll contact his family.

It was just speculation based on his "dream" of living in another country. There is no evidence of him leaving the country and really they kind of just tell themselves that to make themselves feel better. Basically I was just making the point that people go missing everyday as sad as it is. :sad:

delicatecutter
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:49 PM
It's because she's black.

Bismarck.
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:42 PM
I just found out that roughly 140,000 young people in the UK go missing each year. That's a lot of missing media attention.

JN
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:18 PM
Phylicia Barnes Remains Missing

Jan 10th, 2011 | By Paul P (http://radioamber.net/?author=1) | Category: Alert Follow Up News (http://radioamber.net/?cat=4)

http://radioamber.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Phylicia_Barnes1-150x150.jpg (http://radioamber.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Phylicia_Barnes1.jpg)
Phylicia Barnes

Baltimore, MD. As time passes police are reported to fear the worse in the case of 16 year old Phylicia Simone Barnes. They have not had a single confirmed sighting since the teenager disappeared. Phylicia was last heard from on December 28th 2010 via her Facebook account. She posted a note saying she was at her sister’s apartment with her sister’s boyfriend.

A lack of media attention in the case has caused some to criticize the national news networks citing racial double standards because Phylicia is black. Baltimore officials have voiced their concern on the subject.

Teenagers are often taken across state lines rendering local media coverage much less useful. No Amber Alert was issued in the case which may have attributed to the lack of attention. There is an entry on the National Missing and Exploited Children website who are also the designated clearing house for Amber Alerts. People remain hopeful that Phylicia will be found safe and returned to her family.

Authorities are utilizing helicopters including 2 from the FBI as well as digital billboards along interstate 95 in the search. With no tips coming in the search may not have a direction left to go in.

Authorities said rumors of her body being found were untrue.

If you have any information whatsoever about Phylicia Barne’s disappearance please contact the Information Hotline at 855-223-0033.

Radio Amber Alert Video – Phylicia Barnes
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(Source (http://radioamber.net/?p=3971))

JN
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:21 PM
She does look like that girl in your picture.

Yeah, she does. But if Chanda ever goes missing, I'll be the one leading the search party. ;)

delicatecutter
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:22 PM
She looks much older than 16. :eek:

darrinbaker00
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:53 PM
Yeah, she does. But if Chanda ever goes missing, I'll be the one leading the search party. ;)

Leading the search party? JN, if Chanda ever goes missing, you'll be the prime suspect. ;)

JN
Jan 10th, 2011, 09:01 PM
Leading the search party? JN, if Chanda ever goes missing, you'll be the prime suspect. ;)

Dammit Darrin, you've blown my cover! :fiery:

Bismarck.
Jan 10th, 2011, 09:09 PM
It wasn't you who set her house on fire, was it? :scared: Some kind of ruse to offer your own home for her to stay?

JN
Jan 10th, 2011, 10:33 PM
It wasn't you who set her house on fire, was it? :scared: Some kind of ruse to offer your own home for her to stay?

:lol:

No, but I did attempt to drive down to Lafayette to rescue her, then remembered I was responsible for dropping the 2011 acorn at my neighborhood's New Years Eve celebration. Drat!

spiceboy
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:58 PM
Investigators in Baltimore are offering a $2,500 reward for information in her disappearanceThis is pretty sad :tape:
Kind of an insult IMO

JN
Jan 11th, 2011, 01:16 AM
This is pretty sad :tape:
Kind of an insult IMO

Baltimore isn't exactly Manhattan.

doni1212
Jan 11th, 2011, 03:37 AM
Looking at her picture, I can see why there is no media frenzy around her missing: Missing White Woman Syndrome (MWWS) clearly doesn't apply here.

American media can be pretty messed up sometimes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome

Wow, I never knew that was actually a legit term.

spiceboy
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Baltimore isn't exactly Manhattan.

Thanks for the geography lesson :rolleyes:
But I still think they could offer some significant money to find the girl...for a whooping $2,500 check who's gonna risk his ass?

JN
Jan 11th, 2011, 02:13 PM
Thanks for the geography lesson :rolleyes:
But I still think they could offer some significant money to find the girl...for a whooping $2,500 check who's gonna risk his ass?

Plenty. We're in a recession and a crackhead would sell their mother for a hit.

JN
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:59 AM
Phylicia Barnes' missing persons case featured on CNN HLN's Nancy Grace.

Urgent: cops search apt. dumpster for missing honor roll student, 16

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/01/14/barnes-web.jpg

Investigators search a dumpster near where a 16-year-old straight A honor student vanished during a Christmas break visit with relatives. Tonight, Phylicia Barnes' mother asks for help in the desperate search for her daughter. Nancy Grace investigates, 8 pm. ET on HLN.

HLN Video Segment: Cops: Student was abducted (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2011/01/10/ng.md.student.abducted.hln)

Wigglytuff
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:50 PM
i hope she is found. i will post her picture on facebook to and ask my friends to share as well.

So...?

asshole.

Bismarck.
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:03 PM
i hope she is found. i will post her picture on facebook to and ask my friends to share as well.



asshole.

You really are one of the least pleasant posters throughout this forum, aren't you? :lol:

Wigglytuff
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:10 PM
You really are one of the least pleasant posters throughout this forum, aren't you? :lol:

So....? :rolleyes:

Bismarck.
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:21 PM
So....? :rolleyes:

Oh, good. So you know, then? :)

BlueTrees
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Missing children is always really sad :sad: But it happens like all the time...

Salve
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:40 PM
I knew she was black as soon as I read the thread title :o

Salve
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:42 PM
Such a shame...Asha Degree was in my grade in the same town as me when she went missing. A girl I graduated with went missing for like a day, but she came back and admitted to running away. Such a shame. Hope for the best for her and her family.

Why are you making this about you? :o

Bismarck.
Jan 15th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Missing children is always really sad :sad: But it happens like all the time...

Yeah. The sad thing is is that child abductions are all too frequent in society today and you can't do anything effectively to prevent them. It's good that this case is receiving nationwide attention, though.

Brena
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:16 PM
I just found out that roughly 140,000 young people in the UK go missing each year. That's a lot of missing media attention.

Eeek! Awful statistic. :awww: The only thing that depresses me more than missing people is John and Jane Does whose bodies have never been claimed - are there really people with noone to miss them? :sad:

Crazy Canuck
Jan 16th, 2011, 01:56 AM
I knew she was black as soon as I read the thread title :o

Why are you making this about you? :o

alfonsojose
Jan 16th, 2011, 02:39 AM
Bad luck. Aruba is the place to go MIA :p

JN
Jan 16th, 2011, 02:45 AM
I just found out that roughly 140,000 young people in the UK go missing each year. That's a lot of missing media attention.

Exactly. Imagine how many of them might have been found had the airwaves not been clogged up with gossip concerning Victoria Beckham's implants, Susan Boyle or who Prince William is dating?

JN
Jan 16th, 2011, 03:08 AM
Such a shame...Asha Degree was in my grade in the same town as me when she went missing. A girl I graduated with went missing for like a day, but she came back and admitted to running away. Such a shame. Hope for the best for her and her family.

I knew she was black as soon as I read the thread title :o

Why are you making this about you? :o

Of course you're entitled to your opinion, but I don't believe either one of them were trying to make this about them.

tennisbuddy12 related experiences s/he had that were similar, which is oftentimes what's required to empathize with anyone in an unfamiliar situation.... And Salve simply kept it real.

If negativity is what you seek, you'll always find it, because you won't stop searching until you do... all the while skipping over or ignoring any- and everything seemingly positive along the way.

Rocketta
Jan 16th, 2011, 03:23 AM
It's a sad story especially because she went to visit her siblings and now it sounds like it was a very unwholesome place and unsavory people coming in and out. Her mother didn't seem like the type who would've let her go if she knew.

Bismarck.
Jan 16th, 2011, 12:46 PM
Exactly. Imagine how many of them might have been found had the airwaves not been clogged up with gossip concerning Victoria Beckham's implants, Susan Boyle or who Prince William is dating?

What's happened with Susan Boyle? :eek:

mykarma
Jan 16th, 2011, 02:36 PM
It was just speculation based on his "dream" of living in another country. There is no evidence of him leaving the country and really they kind of just tell themselves that to make themselves feel better. Basically I was just making the point that people go missing everyday as sad as it is. :sad:
I know what your point was.

mykarma
Jan 16th, 2011, 02:39 PM
She looks much older than 16. :eek:
Really, not to me. She has on makeup and is a beautiful girl but I don't see that she looks so old. What age would you say she was?

mykarma
Jan 16th, 2011, 02:43 PM
Why are you making this about you? :o
:shrug:

LoveFifteen
Jan 16th, 2011, 03:10 PM
She's beautiful. If she were white, Nancy Grace would be harping on this story every night. We've got a long way to go ... :sad:

hablo
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Any more news? This story is so sad... Poor girl. :(

Bismarck.
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Nope.

Police reckon it was most likely an abduction (duh) but have no physical evidence of an abduction so are completely reliant on witness accounts, of which there have been none.

Salve
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:04 AM
Why are you making this about you? :o

Honey, you are trying to be smart with the wrong person. Go and perfect your English before you try and step to me. You are intellectually inferior, so I will not waste my time with you.

Anyway, I will keep this poor girl in my prayers. And to everyone saying "people go missing everyday," I say to you: so what?! That does not mean we should be complacent with this sickening reality. God forbid that the day shall come when someone you love passes away and someone turns to you and say "so? people pass away all the time." Have some compassion.

And with those words, I am done.

mykarma
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:08 AM
Honey, you are trying to be smart with the wrong person. Go and perfect your English before you try and step to me. You are intellectually inferior, so I will not waste my time with you.

Anyway, I will keep this poor girl in my prayers. And to everyone saying "people go missing everyday," I say to you: so what?! That does not mean we should be complacent with this sickening reality. God forbid that the day shall come when someone you love passes away and someone turns to you and say "so? people pass away all the time." Have some compassion.

And with those words, I am done.
great post

Super Dave
Jan 20th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Anyone mind if I make a sick joke? What's with these missing girls with messed up spellings of their names? Natalee? It's Natalie! Phylicia? It's Felicia! Chandra? I don't even know the proper spelling of that one.

Give your children traditional names and spell then ccrrectly, it will increase their chances of survival!

http://www.locatetv.com/person/%5Bperson-name%5D/FLX162672874/269x120_flixster_person.gif

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/data/650/Phylicia_Rashad_1984_.JPG

;)

Ziggy Starduck
Jan 20th, 2011, 11:11 PM
I was at the airport yesterday and CNN was doing a story about her, I could not hear it, I hope it wasn't that they found her body.

Maybe they've stopped the media racism and started giving the case better attention.

JN
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:59 AM
Maybe the missing girl is in that chick's hairdo.

Probably not, since The Cosby Show ended in '92.

JN
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:08 AM
Police Search Southwest Baltimore Well For Barnes

Girl, 17, Missing Since Dec. 28

POSTED: 10:21 am EST January 21, 2011
UPDATED: 6:47 pm EST January 21, 2011

BALTIMORE -- Police continue their search for clues in the case of a 17-year-old girl who went missing in Baltimore late last year.

The latest tip in the case took authorities to a well located in southwest Baltimore.

Phylicia Barnes, of Monroe, N.C., was last seen Dec. 28. She had come to Baltimore to visit relatives.

On Thursday night, investigators searched an area in the 400 block of North Bend Road after receiving a tip, but the search didn't turn up any signs of the girl.

Police remain determined but are frustrated by the lack of physical evidence in the case.

"We're interviewing people. It's all anecdotal from witnesses, but our detectives are usually driven by some type of physical evidence, and we just don't have that here," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Barnes' father, Russell Barnes, said he learned of the search after watching it on the news but feels confident he will be alerted if needed when the time comes.

"I'm trying to stay away from it and let police do their job. I'm sure they'll call me anytime they find new information," he said.

Russell Barnes also told 11 News that he had a one-on-one sit-down with the head of the Baltimore chapter of the Guardian Angels, who have been involved in the search for his daughter since Dec. 30.

Guardian Angels Commander Marcus Dent said it helped to make sure everyone was on the same page.

"It was one of those meetings where they were familiar with us because we were there all the time handing out fliers and helping them search. But then we actually got a chance to sit down and say what was going on with us. It was a really good meeting to sit down and get to the meat of what happened and who we are," he said.

Russell Barnes said he's confident the angels will help his daughter's case get more national attention. He said he remains hopeful of a reunion soon.

1090 AM: Guglielmi Talks About Search (http://www.wbal.com/absolutenm/articlefiles/66130-Guglilmi.mp3)

"I feel confident. It's getting more national coverage. ... We don't think she's gone. We think someone has her and is holding her hostage, pretty much," he said.

Detectives said they have looked into more than 70 tips since the girl disappeared. Police, who have said they suspect foul play, have set up a hotline for people to share tips. The number is 855-223-0033.

The Barnes case has been featured on NBC's "Today" and "Nightly News," among other programs.

Phylicia Barnes hasn't used her cell phone or credit card since she was last seen, and hasn't updated her social networking pages.

The FBI and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also involved in the search.

Phylicia Barnes is an honor student at Union Academy, a public charter school in Monroe.

(Source (http://www.wbaltv.com/r/26571157/detail.html))

JN
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:46 AM
Yes, but the big hair (and attitude) continues. There might be 5 missing girls in that 'do!!

Any updates on this girl, just very sad result.

Phylicia Rashad never had an attitude... on or off the set. You just talk out of your ass a lot, huh? You can get an idea of who she actually is, here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0711118/ .

There's an update on Phylicia Barnes above your last post.

Chance
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:21 AM
every parent's nightmare.

I'll keep her in my prayers.

JN
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:55 PM
I know this broad well, dear, she was out of control during and after the show, and she still has huge 80s hair as well. All she did was henpeck Bill Cosby on that show. Ever wonder why it's not on reruns ad nauseum like Friends and Seinfeld? Because it's unwatchable today due in some part to the overbearing nature of that character.

Yes, I've often wondered that.

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7932/cosbyshowlistings.png (http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7932/cosbyshowlistings.png)

You were saying? :rolleyes:

JN
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:13 PM
Such a regal goddess...

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/6016/phyliciarashadcoloredgi.jpg

"For Colored Girls" New York City Premiere - Arrivals
October 25, 2010 - New York City, NY, USA

JN
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:01 AM
That's nice, dear, my point was not that Cosby is not re-run, but its reruns are pathetically low next to its contemporaries like Friends and Seinfeld. Posting a re-run schedule for Cosby doesn't really undercut that. The fact remains Phylicia Rashad is totally offensive and a bad actress who cannot find work after the show went off the air. Why don't you find and post re-run statistics of Seinfeld and Friends against Cosby and get back to me? You can't because Cosby is unwatchable today, largely because of the shitty acting by Rashad.

You've been proven wrong, troll. And your opinion of Phylicia Rashad is just that, your opinion, one that won't stand up to scrutiny and one I don't share.

Gotta go now, Cosby will be on in a few.http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/338/popcornz.gif

EDIT: One more thing:

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7107/seriecosbyshow211419817.jpg

JN
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:06 AM
America's Most Wanted Profile (http://www.amw.com/missing_children/case.cfm?id=76220#profile)

mykarma
Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:45 AM
America's Most Wanted Profile (http://www.amw.com/missing_children/case.cfm?id=76220#profile)
Can only imagine what her family is going through.

Bismarck.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:26 AM
It's bizarre how she has just vanished. No physical evidence. No witnesses.

It really doesn't look hopeful, unfortunately.

mykarma
Jan 23rd, 2011, 01:23 PM
Such a regal goddess...

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/6016/phyliciarashadcoloredgi.jpg

"For Colored Girls" New York City Premiere - Arrivals
October 25, 2010 - New York City, NY, USA
She did a fabulous job in "For Colored Girls" and to think she's in her sixties.

JN
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:03 PM
It's bizarre how she has just vanished. No physical evidence. No witnesses.

It really doesn't look hopeful, unfortunately.

You're right, unfortunately it doesn't.

JN
Feb 1st, 2011, 12:31 AM
Phylicia Barnes’ Family Offers $25K Reward For Missing Teen

Written by NewsOne Staff (http://newsone.com/author/newsonestaff5/) on January 31, 2011 12:00 pm

http://cdn1.newsone.com/files/2011/01/images8-300x1591-300x158.jpg (http://newsone.com/files/2011/01/images8-300x1591.jpg)

NORTH CAROLINA — Phylicia Barnes’ friends and family marked the one-month anniversary of her disappearance Friday with a prayer vigil and an offer of $25,000 for information that helps solve the case.

The reward offer was announced during a morning news conference at Union Academy, the Monroe charter school where Phylicia is a senior. The money would come from a school foundation designed to help students in need.

Barnes, who was 16 when she disappeared, was last seen Dec. 28 at the northwest Baltimore apartment of her stepsister Deena Barnes, whom Phylicia was visiting over the holidays. Her stepsister’s ex-boyfriend told investigators the Monroe teen said she was leaving to get something to eat.


(Source (http://newsone.com/nation/newsonestaff5/phylicia-barnes-reward-missing-north-carolina-teen/))

JN
Apr 5th, 2011, 05:05 AM
March 28, 2011

Update on search for Phylicia Barnes

Video: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2011/03/update_on_search_for_phylicia.html

stevos
Apr 5th, 2011, 06:36 PM
I just always find it hilarious how they always put "Straight A honors student" in the blurb, as if if she WASN'T, we could all rest easy because we're not losing a valuable member of society. Ugh.

But this story is really sad, and I really hope she gets found soon. The only things I know about Baltimore come from The Wire. Which doesn't necessarily paint the nicest picture of the city.

Petkorazzi
Apr 6th, 2011, 12:07 AM
I had no idea there was a thread about her here. :tears: She's from the community I currently live in. She's actually a best friend of a girl I go to church with. :sobbing:

Bijoux0021
Apr 22nd, 2011, 06:33 AM
Body of missing girl ID'd in Md.

Monroe's Phylicia Barnes disappeared in December on trip to visit Baltimore relatives.

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Steve Lyttle
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Friday, Apr. 22, 2011

Four months after texting her sister that she was heading out to eat, the mystery of what happened to Phylicia Barnes ended when her body was found floating in a Maryland river 40 miles northeast of Baltimore.

At a news conference Thursday night, Baltimore police offered no theories or causes as they spelled out what little they know about the death of the 16-year-old Monroe honor student and track star.

They found no signs of wounds on the body discovered by dam workers in the Susquehanna River about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Several hours later, boaters found a man's body in the river three to four miles away. He remained unidentified late Thursday, and police said while there's no evidence the deaths are connected, it can't be ruled out.

"All of us since that fateful day in December have been praying and hopeful for a different outcome," Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld said of Phylicia's disappearance. "Unfortunately, we're here today."

Phylicia's Christmastime disappearance made national news and sparked what Baltimore police called their most extensive search for a missing person in years. Hundreds of volunteers also searched Baltimore neighborhoods, posting fliers with Phylicia's pretty face and bright smile across the city.

Her face again flashed on TV and mobile devices all day Thursday. As word of her death emerged in Maryland, her classmates at Union Academy in Monroe tied purple ribbons around trees at the charter school where she was set to graduate this spring, a year early.

Police said early Thursday they would need dental records or DNA to determine the identities of the bodies. But there was one clue - a rose tattoo on the female's lower right leg. Phylicia had the same tattoo.

As family and friends braced for the worst, a coroner reviewed Phylicia's dental records and confirmed the body was hers.

Phylicia's father, Russell Barnes, told CNN: "We're still not finished. We still want to figure out what happened. That's my heartfelt desire."

Her mother, who recently moved from Charlotte to Atlanta, couldn't be reached Thursday.

As news spread, hundreds of people - including many who never met the teen - flocked to social networking pages set up in her name.

"I papered half of Newark, N.J. with your flyers and prayed every morning and evening for your safe return," one woman said on the "Pray for Phylicia Barnes" Facebook page, which had more than 23,000 followers. "I am still in disbelief that you're gone. God has rested your soul little one and I will continue to keep your entire family in my prayers."

A child of divorced parents, Phylicia had just reconnected with her father's side of the family in Baltimore, finding half-siblings and other relatives through Facebook.

"It was our little sister, as soon as we met her," Bryan Barnes, a Maryland firefighter, told Observer news partner WCNC-TV.

Phylicia, who planned to attend Towson University in Maryland, had gone to stay with her newfound family members in Baltimore over Christmas vacation.

On Dec. 28, she texted her sisters about hair appointments and other plans for the week. The last text came at 12:23 p.m., when Phylicia said she was going out for lunch.

"She was doing what any young person would do, visiting her family, and she vanished from the face of the earth," lead detective Daniel Nicholson told the Baltimore Sun in February.

For four months, police, friends and family searched.

They scoured homes, cars, a woodshed and a well - and a park known as a dumping ground in one of Baltimore's seediest areas.

Phylicia's family offered a $25,000 reward. Her photo went up on billboards along busy Interstate 95.

Still, investigators came up cold. Her Facebook profile and ATM card remained untouched. Officers offered no motive and said there was nothing in the girl's background to explain why she would run away.

As the search dragged on, Phylicia's mother, Janice Sallis, criticized police and investigators for moving too slowly.

"The first 48 hours were crucial, and they were ignored," Sallis said in a January interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

Sallis also questioned the judgment of Phylicia's half-sister, Deena Barnes, with whom the teen had been staying.

Sallis said Deena Barnes had admitted to her that a number of men had been in and out of the apartment during holiday partying, which she said included drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

Police said they have talked to several of those men but have no suspects in the case.

Investigators haven't ruled out that Phylicia may have been the victim of a random kidnapping. But the investigation has yielded little physical evidence until Wednesday. Not a single person has come forward with credible information about Phylicia's disappearance. Staff writer Franco Ordońez, WCNC-TV, and the Baltimore Sun contributed.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/22/2241161/body-of-missing-girl-idd-in-md.html

:sad::sad: RIP

BlueTrees
Apr 22nd, 2011, 06:51 AM
:sad:

Gdsimmons
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:36 AM
Damn! Even though hope was fading, I Was keeping out a glimmer of hope that she would be found ALIVE! So sad.

JN
Apr 22nd, 2011, 10:21 AM
Damn! Even though hope was fading, I Was keeping out a glimmer of hope that she would be found ALIVE! So sad.

Same here. This is the worst news possible.

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Rest in peace, Phylicia.

Mistress of Evil
Apr 22nd, 2011, 10:54 AM
Poor girl :sad: she shall rest in peace :awww: Hope there will be some justice for the monster/s who took an innocent and youthful life :shrug:

Super Dave
Apr 22nd, 2011, 01:13 PM
Damn it. :(

hablo
Apr 22nd, 2011, 02:04 PM
I didn't look good from the start. Poor girl. :sad:

RIP

Pump-it-UP
Apr 22nd, 2011, 02:48 PM
Heartbreaking. RIP. :sad:

égalité
Apr 22nd, 2011, 05:53 PM
So sad :tears: I hope they figure out how this happened but that's not looking likely either.

nikita771
Apr 24th, 2011, 04:32 AM
I started following this story after reading the original post. Every couple of days, I would search - hoping that there would be some news. Although I am so sad that it ended so tragically, she has been found. Now, I just pray that they find out what happened to her.

Wigglytuff
Apr 24th, 2011, 05:07 AM
may she rest in peace :sad:

Ivanovic2008
Apr 24th, 2011, 10:46 PM
:sad:
Rest in Heaven .

JN
Aug 31st, 2012, 04:09 PM
They caught the bastard! :yeah:
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April 29th, 2012 at 6:47 pm
Missing Teen Phylicia Barnes’ Suspected Killer Arrested

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The Baltimore Police Department homicide detectives assigned to find the killer of 16 year old Phylicia Barnes who went missing and found later dead, while visiting family in Baltimore during Christmas, 2010, arrested a suspect last week. Michael Johnson, a former boyfriend of Barnes’ older half -sister has been arrested for her death.

It is a bitter sweet ending to a case that failed to garner national attention of 16 year old Barnes, a bright African American teenager, headed for college. She was likely thought to have been abducted according to Baltimore police but later found dead in the Susquehanna River. Phylicia was a straight A student from North Carolina who was visiting relatives in Baltimore over the Christmas holiday in 2010 when she went missing on December 28, 2010. She was planning on attending college in Baltimore, having graduated a year early.

Baltimore detectives pitched the media to cover her missing story. There was some coverage on Nancy Grace show, ABC news and a few other outlets. But, that limited coverage occurred when Baltimore police pleaded with the media to run her story. By all accounts, if Phylicia were a white teen age girl, her story would have appeared nationally, just like Elizabeth Smart, Natalie Holloway, Casey Anthony, Robin Gardner or Chandra Levy. The media was obsessed with both the Aruba cases of two missing women Holloway and Gardner and of course, the Chandra Levy cases. The media stayed on the Elizabeth Smart abduction from Salt Lake City, UT until she was located, months later. But, when it came to a similar black teen age girl, she was almost invisible to the media. Baltimore police spokesperson described her case as “Baltimore’s missing Natalie Holloway.”

The main stream media seriously lacks diversity when it comes to African American women appearing in the media and news stories about them. Often times, the faces of black women and girls are almost invisible from the media. That includes black women commentators and news about black women or girls gone missing in the media. In the case of missing Phylicia Barnes, the lack of media coverage may have cost her life. If there is a silver lining, it is that the Baltimore Police Department did not give up on fighting in finding Barnes’ suspected killer. The father of Barnes says the police were in almost weekly contact with him. The police stood by and fought until they could bring some closure to the family of Phylicia Barnes. May she rest in peace. Johnson has been indicted for first degree murder in the death of Phylicia Barnes.

Legal Speaks (http://www.legalspeaks.com/2012/04/missing-teen-phylicia-barnes-suspected-killer-arrested/)
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Posted: 9:38 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Trial for Phylicia Barnes' accused killer starts in August (http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/trial-phylicia-barnes-accused-killer-starts-august/nPbSx/) - WSOCTV
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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 08/13/2012
Trial postponed in death of Phylicia Barnes

By the Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The trial of a man accused of first-degree murder in the 2010 death of a North Carolina teenager has been postponed.

Both prosecution and defense lawyers requested the postponement Monday, saying thousands of pages of evidence must be sorted through in the slaying of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post_now/post/death-of-nc-teen-found-in-river-ruled-a-homicide/2011/05/04/AFehuHqF_blog.html) of Monroe, N.C. The trial has been rescheduled for Jan. 21.

Twenty-eight-year-old Michael Johnson is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s half-sister. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Johnson killed Barnes in her half-sister’s apartment, then used a 35-gallon tub to move the body. Barnes’ body was found (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/teens-disappearance-baffles-baltimore-police/2011/03/16/AB1LZTSB_story.html) months later in the Susquehanna River.

The Crime Scene (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/trial-postponed-in-death-of-phylicia-barnes/2012/08/13/fe943908-e585-11e1-8f62-58260e3940a0_blog.html)

JN
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:50 AM
In Phylicia Barnes murder case, prosecutors say sex video includes victim, alleged killer

By Justin Fenton | 45 minutes ago

City prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to play at trial a video that depicts teenage slaying victim Phylicia Barnes (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/teens-disappearance-baffles-baltimore-police/2011/03/16/AB1LZTSB_story.html) “intoxicated and engaging in sexual relations” with her accused killer, his younger brother and her older half sister, court records show.

The court filing in the high-profile case — a motion to close the courtroom when the video is played — marks the first time prosecutors have publicly linked a video to Barnes and the alleged killer.

Last year, federal authorities filed search warrant applications describing a “child pornography” investigation, while seeking access to the Facebook pages and e-mail addresses of Barnes, 16, and at least three other people, according to court documents.

It is not clear how the video relates to the murder charge against Michael Maurice Johnson (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/not-guilty-plea-in-slaying-of-teen-in-md/2012/06/20/gJQAJQsgqV_blog.html), the 28-year-old ex-boyfriend of Barnes’s 29-year-old half sister, Deena Barnes.

Prosecutors do not comment on pending cases, but they wrote in the motion that it will be played during Deena Barnes’s testimony.

The video was “recorded and stored” on Deena Barnes’s phone and is more than 16 minutes long, prosecutors wrote in the motion.
Prosecutors asked to close the courtroom because two of the people who appear in the video are minors.

“The state does not wish to maintain the closure of the courtroom for questions asked to Deena Barnes subsequent to the video,” prosecutors wrote.

Contacted Friday, the husband of Phylicia Barnes’s mother, Janice Mustafa, declined to comment.

Her father, Russell Barnes, said he was not aware of the video and also declined to comment, except to say, “We’re just staying focused.”

Continued @ Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-phylicia-barnes-murder-case-prosecutors-say-sex-video-includes-victim-alleged-killer/2012/12/29/a72887e8-51f3-11e2-950a-7863a013264b_story.html)

hablo
Dec 30th, 2012, 04:18 AM
I'm glad the family will get some closure. I wonder how they caught the suspect and how they got a hold of the video?

Poor girl. RIP.

JN
Mar 24th, 2013, 05:55 PM
Johnson to get new trial in killing of Phylicia Barnes

Judge throws out conviction, says prosecutors withheld information

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Michael Johnson, found guilty of killing Phylicia Barnes, will get a new trial after a judge ruled key evidence was withheld from prosecutors. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun video)

By Justin Fenton (http://bio.tribune.com/JustinFenton), The Baltimore Sun 9:28 p.m. EDT, March 20, 2013

A Baltimore judge threw out the murder conviction of a man who was to be sentenced Wednesday in the killing of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, saying prosecutors withheld information about a key witness from defense attorneys.

The second-degree murder conviction of Michael Maurice Johnson, 29, last month had appeared to close the case of the North Carolina girl who disappeared while visiting family in Baltimore in 2010. But Circuit Judge Alfred Nance's ruling will give Johnson another chance to plead his innocence.

Prosecutors said they were "disappointed" in the ruling but planned to retry the case. Barnes' father expressed confidence that Johnson would be convicted again.

Defense attorneys, who had requested a new trial, said the ruling would help them present a more complete rebuttal of the state's case.

Nance's decision turned on the testimony of James McCray, who said he saw Barnes' body after Johnson asked him for help in disposing it. His was the only testimony that linked Johnson directly to a murder scene. The defense questioned McCray's credibility, deriding him at trial as a "jailhouse snitch."

Prosecutors had said that McCray was incarcerated in Charles County and did not have access to media accounts of the Barnes trial, but the defense team later learned that he had been detained in Baltimore County for a time. That was one of several details Nance said the defense should have disclosed.

"This court notes that while defendant is not guaranteed a perfect trial, he is guaranteed a fair trial, and these violations amount to a failure to meet that standard," the judge said in a written opinion.

McCray also testified that he had been a witness in two other trials. But the day after the verdict was handed down in the Barnes killing, prosecutors in Montgomery County contacted the Baltimore state's attorney's office about McCray's role as a potential witness in a separate murder case.

One county officer's notes raised concerns about McCray's credibility, though a later prosecution response argued that other area investigators had vouched for the witness. Ultimately, he did not testify in the Montgomery County murder trial.

City prosecutors took two weeks to notify the defense of the new information — outside the 10-day window for the defense to request a new trial — but said they did so because they were researching the validity of the new claim. Nance said that "by withholding it from the defendant during a critical time period after the verdict, the state in essence suppressed the information."

After the judge's ruling, defense attorney Ivan Bates said, "It's important that everyone play by the same set of rules, and the state got its hand caught in the cookie jar."

Barnes' disappearance and her family's desperate search for clues became one of the highest-profile missing persons cases in recent years, drawing broad attention to the issue of missing children.

Johnson has been held without bail since his arrest in April. He was not released Wednesday, but his attorneys said they might petition for his release on bond. Because the jury acquitted him of first-degree murder, they believe he cannot face that charge again.

Russell Barnes, Phylicia's father, said the family was not upset by the judge's ruling. "It's a setback," he said. "We know the state has the right person, no ifs, ands or buts about it."

After being convicted after a 12-day trial last month, Johnson could have been sentenced to 30 years in prison. He had dated Barnes' elder sister Deena for years, and prosecutors alleged that he had grown inappropriately close to the teen in the months preceding her death.

Though they could not explain how Barnes' body was found months later floating in the Susquehanna River, prosecutors said circumstantial evidence pointed to Johnson's guilt. That included Johnson's having called out of work the day of the girl's disappearance and his being seen by a neighbor struggling to move a plastic tub that prosecutors believe contained her body.

The judge had said during the trial that the prosecution's theory of the killing had caused him "great concern" and that the circumstantial evidence gave added importance to McCray's testimony, which was direct.

McCray testified that he knew Johnson through an under-the-table vehicle tag business he ran, and that Johnson had told him he had raped the girl and killed her because she would not stop crying. He said he advised Johnson how to elude police detection.

McCray testified that while reading the Bible one night, he felt compelled by his guilt to come forward with the information. That occurred months after Johnson was indicted.

Prosecutors asserted Wednesday that the totality of the evidence was strong. "The jury heard all the testimony, and their verdict is correct," Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Goldberg told Nance. "It would be a miscarriage of justice not to let this verdict stand.

[Baltimore Sun (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-johson-sentencing-phylicia-barnes-20130320,0,6999148.story)]