BALTIMORE (WJZ) — She vanished without a trace and police say they have serious concerns about what happened to Phylicia Barnes. Nearly a week has passed since anyone saw or heard from her.
Kelly McPherson has some new insight into the investigation.
The search for Phylicia Barnes, 16, is now being handled by the homicide division, a sign that police suspect foul play.
“I have to tell you that we have very serious concerns now,” said Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.
“She would’ve used her cell phone at least once and that hasn’t been the case. Detectives are very concerned,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.
She lives in North Carolina but was visiting family in Northwest Baltimore for Christmas. Her sister’s boyfriend was the last person to see her alive.
“If she’s alive, she is scared to death. Anyone who gets joy out of that must be a sick, perverted individual,” said Barnes’ mother, Janice Sallis.
Officers are executing a search and seizure warrant at her sister’s apartment. That’s where she was staying for her visit and where she was last seen alive on Tuesday.
“I think somebody might have taken her,” said her sister, Deena Barnes.
Over the phone, Sallis says her 16-year-old was given vodka and marijuana. Police confirm they found evidence of drugs and alcohol inside and that lots of people were coming and going from the apartment.
“It’s like she vanished into thin air and no one knows where she’s at. Someone knows where she’s at. I’m telling you right now, God is gonna get you,” Sallis said.
Police are also in the process of rounding up people to interview, focusing on the people who last saw Barnes, including Deena Barnes’ boyfriend. No one is a suspect or even a person of interest.