BALTIMORE — Baltimore police are searching for a missing teenager. 

They say Phylicia Barnes, 16, was visiting family in Baltimore for the holidays.  She is from North Carolina and isn’t familiar with the area.

She was last seen Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. on Eberle Drive.  She was wearing a navy blue peacoat with a hood, a turquoise thermal shirt, blue jeans, white slippers/boots and a caramel-colored purse.  She is 5’8″ and 120 pounds.

If you have any information, please call police.

Comments (55)
  1. Jen Riley says:

    didn’t even see an amber alert on the message board near key bridge. guess cuz she’s not a blonde hair b lue eyed girl……………

    1. Westie says:

      Amber Alert cant be issued if ….
      Baltimore City PD has to request
      has to be in a vehicle
      has to be an abduction

      1. Jen Riley says:

        oh, wow, i did not know this.

      2. Stephanie Anderson Msm says:

        That’s not true. There are 4 steps that have to be taken before an AMber Alert is issued. I know because we issued one for my daughter.

    2. UA Mom says:

      Phylicia’s uncle is a Lt. with the local PD so if an Amber Alert was warranted, it would have already happened. Please, no negativity. Only positivity and pray for her safe return!!

  2. NC Friends says:

    dear baltimore police department,
    please bring her home to us.
    we are praying.

    1. D. Bos of Baltimore says:


    2. Carolyn Ross says:

      Please find her and bring her home to her Mother! She is one of our N.C. sweet girls! My prayers go out to her family!

  3. Melissa Green says:

    i hope she makes it home

  4. Jackie K says:

    This is about finding a young girl. Please everyone –share with family, friends and post on your facebook or what have you. Help get the word out!!!

    Keeping the Barnes family in my thoughts!

    1. Beth says:

      Here are the criteria for issuing an amber alert. Has nothing to do with race.

  5. Candace says:

    Please help bring Phylicia back safely! She is a smart, caring young lady who is a friend of ours. We are praying that she is safe and for comfort for her family during this terrible time. We love you Phylicia!

  6. pigeon says:

    Jen, stuff a shock in it – you prejudice or something?!
    I pray this young lady is found safe and returned to her family. God rules no matter what the color of her skin or hair is.
    No family should ever have to go through what this family and thousands of others are going through because of a missing child. Peace be with all of them.
    And I do question, also, why no amber alert was issued/put out on this case.

    1. Bring Phylicia Home says:

      As Westie stated, there are probably rules/regulations for Amber Alerts and if her uncle is a local police officer, I am sure they are doing everything they can.

      Jen’s comment does not make her racist. It happens all too often that certain missing children receive more media attention simply because of their physical attributes, socioeconomic status, or situation.

  7. Nancy says:


    1. Karen Stratton says:

      My prayers and support that she returns safely.

  8. Teresa Thacker says:

    NC Friends..My son is with the local PD. Believe me when I say they are doing everything they can. We pray for her safe return.

  9. Renette says:

    I am a friend of her father, stepmother and sisters and they are good people. Words can not explain how bad I feel for the Barnes family.. Please open your hearts and pray for them. I pray for a safe return home.. Please if anyone has seen or heard anything that can help them find her please call the police..

  10. Angela Tims says:

    Phylicia is my daughter’s bestfriend and like a daughter to me, if you have seen her or have information please contact the police. It is our duty and responsibility to keep our children safe. “We are our brother’s keeper”

    Angie Tims

  11. Bonnie Briscoe says:

    WJZ please keep this information on your site until our niece, Phylicia Barnes is found. The family ask for your continued prayers. Everyone Repost on facebook and other social sites to get the word out please.

  12. chessie says:

    Although I don’t know her, I’m a mother too, please return Philicia to her family!

  13. MOM Barrett says:

    Dear Lord I pray Phylicia is brought home safe. Anyone knowing anything or having to do with her dessapearance give them no rest and no peace until they report any thing. She is a beautiful child. Dear God please bring her home. Please everyone don’t stop praying the family and friends need your uplifting.

  14. Kaetib says:

    I have posted to my FB. I have lots of friends in bmore. Sending prayers and love.

  15. Anna Londono Geisler says:

    In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray Dear Lord please keep this beautiful young lady safe as you guide her home to her family and friends which wait for her with open arms. In your love and Holy Sprit Amen.

  16. William Bartlett says:

    My family and I will be praying for the safe return of this young lady..

  17. Bigelows says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barnes family and everyone who knows and loves Phylicia. The Bigelows

  18. disisyou says:

    have posted on my face book page for her safe return

  19. F Williams says:

    Michael what does it take to be on amber-alert
    Do you have to be a infant, child or teen
    Black, white or other
    Missing for one minute or within 24 hours
    or all you riding in a car or walking around
    So what does it take to be on Amber-Alert

    1. berlynn says:

      im’m along with you, what does it take to be on amber alert?

  20. Mary says:

    I am praying for the safe return of this beautiful young lady and I would do anything to help start a search group in an effort to bring her home safe and sound. Please, anyone who may know anything about her whereabouts, please come forward now and do what is right. This is a 16 year old girl who is a child and she does not deserve this kind of torture.

  21. Samantha Smith says:

    Lord I pray for Phylicia Barnes and other children that have been taken against their will to be returned to their love ones unharmed. I pray for the minds of those who are holding these children captive that they will set the children free. To the Barnes family, hold on to God’s unchanging hand and pray and God will see you through this trying time.

  22. Bonnie Briscoe says:

    The family is searching the city today w/ flyers we need your help. come to 6520 elerle drive now and tell anyone you see you are there to help search.

  23. Mr. Anderson says:

    Phylicia is a Golden Young Lady…Please, oh Supreme Lord, bring her home to safety…enfold Phylicia now and guide her to sanctuary…
    Mr. Anderson

  24. Auntie says:

    God in his mercy knows what Simone is going through and just as Joseph told his brothers when they sold him into slavery: “you meant it for harm, but God meant it for good”. But though I may in my spiritual heart may hope and believe that something good may come out of this horrific situation, my heart likewise bleeds and weep for the pain and suffering she may be going through. I thank all of you for your prayers and concerns for my niece. And I pray for the soul of the person who may have her enslaved or has done her harm.

  25. Ms Roninson says:

    I’ve posted on my Facebook page. I was also home for the holidays from Charlotte,NC and stayed around the corner from where she was visiting. I said a prayer for her also. I am a mother of a 16 year old son and can only imagine what they are going through. I was at the CVS on yesterday on Reisterstown Rd and the cashier had no idea about what happened. Where are all the posters?

  26. Concerned mom says:

    So many unanswered questions and inaccurate news reports. What’s the truth? What does BCPD mean when they say no foul play suspected? Are they treating as if she left on her own? We all know that isn’t true? She was in FB at 11:30 what time did she call/text Kelly to pick her up? Before or after 1pm? What time did Kelly start calling her? Before 1pm or after? Did boyfriend of other sister ever call and say she didn’t come back after 1 hour or 2 hours? Who came home to find loud music and door unlocked? News said “friends”. What friends? Did more than boyfriend and sister live in apt? Just seems unlikely that a stranger took her walking across the parking lot to the plaza. So many young girls walk that route or stand at the bus stop there. Not to point the finger but the boyfriends story is weak.

    1. T says:

      what is the boyfriends name so we can be on the hear & look out 4 anything suspicious?

  27. Melvina Warren says:


  28. Evangelist Diggs says:

    I’m pleading the blood of Jesus all around her to cover her and keep her. God knows the situation and he’s able to bring her home safe and sound!

  29. Amey Davis says:

    To her family and friends Please know that we are praying day and night for her safe return, I have a 13 year old daughter and can’t imagine having to go through this.We love you all.

  30. Hillary says:

    Tonight at my church meeting i plan to inform my pastor so we can all pray for her safe return. Im 17 and my heart breaks for her. Trust she is in the Good Lord’s hands.
    I pray blessings to the family
    and i’ll continue sending prayers up!

  31. Regina says:

    Praying for this young teen safe return home here in North Carolina. Don’t know her, this has brought tears to my eyes I use to live in Baltimore and had to move my family away. God bless her Mom and Family!!!!

  32. Mylene says:

    I pray that Phylicia will be found and returned home safely to her Family . It is always a tragedy when a young girl goes missing . My prayers go out to the family and friends of Phylicia that they will have the strength to get through this and that their their daughter will be brought home safe and sound very soon . May God Bless God Phylicia and keep her safe.

  33. Mylene says:

    I pray that Phylicia will be found and returned home safely to her Family . It is always a tragedy when a young girl goes missing . My prayers go out to the family and friends of Phylicia that they will have the strength to get through this and that their their daughter will be brought home safe and sound very soon . May God Bless Phylicia and keep her safe watch over her and those out looking for her find her soon and return her to her Family who love her very much .

  34. L.Ryce-Kingsley says:

    We love and miss you phylicia we are praying for your safe return!.

  35. berlynn says:

    has the police put out an amber alert for this girl?

  36. Sharon says:

    Praying that this beautiful young woman is found safe and reunited with her family. Keeping all in prayers

  37. Linwood Drummond says:

    The only thing we can do is pray for her and put this one in gods hands bless all

  38. stephanie boyd says:

    Hmmmmmmmmm!! something is not right with this one. Someone need to check into the homes of the neighbors in that area and cover every room in their apartments. Also, I hate say check storage rooms, and dumpsters. Leave nothing undone for the sake of the family. LORD HAVE MERCY!!!

  39. Stephanie Boyd says:

    Have the police department thought about checking all the neightbors homes in that area, storage rooms, and dumpsters. Someone who live in that area could possibly be suspect. I pray for her family and hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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