Guardian Angels Group Searches For Missing N.C. Teen

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Another day and another search. Phylicia Barnes is missing 11 days now, and the search for the bright teenager who came to visit Baltimore gets ever more frustrating.  

Suzanne Collins explains a special patrol walked the streets to help on Saturday.

It’s a volunteer group called the Guardian Angels which patrols in cities all over the country. Their mission: to help children, protecting them from violence. The question is : Is it too late for that?

The Guardian Angels are discussing what tips and leads they’ve heard in the search for Phylicia Barnes. The 16-year-old North Carolina girl disappeared while visiting her sister in Baltimore on Dec. 28. There have been a number of searches, but no solid leads.

“Every time you come out, you run into different people, you see different things and until Phylicia Barnes is home safe, we’re going to be out here continually searching.  Looking for something new, looking for something someone may have missed in the past,” said Paul Rufe, Guardian Angels.

On Saturday, seven Guardian Angels passed out flyers once again in the apartment complex near Reisterstown Road Plaza, where the teen disappeared.

Police say the missing person’s case of Phylicia Barnes is highly unusual. She is a straight-A student graduating early, has no history of errant behavior, no emotional problems and is not likely to run away. Her parents have made appeals.

“We just want you to please just release her, just let her go,” said her father Russell Barnes.

“This is very, very important. We need pertinent, factual information,” said her mother Janice Sallis.

City police have succeeded in getting national news coverage a few times, but it still has not produced results.

There will be a prayer service for Phylicia Barnes at Browns Memorial at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police have established a tipline for information on Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts. If you know anything, you can call 1-855-223-0033.


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