By Mike Hellgren

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Phylicia Barnes’ devastated mother pleads for her daughter’s safe return on the one-month anniversary of her disappearance.

Mike Hellgren has the revealing new interview and a major new reward being offered in the case.

Phylicia Barnes vanished from Baltimore one month ago. Now there’s a new $25,000 reward.

“It’s priceless,” said her mother Janice Sallis. “There are no words to express my appreciation.” 

Phylicia’s mom praised her daughter’s classmates for raising the money and spoke about the investigation.

“The Baltimore police, they keep in contact with me to let me know they’re still out there diligently looking,” Sallis said. “However, there are still dead ends.”

Phylicia was visiting–staying with her half-sister at an apartment behind Reisterstown Road Plaza — when she disappeared. 

“My family and I, we’ve been to Baltimore.  We did a lot of searching in bad neighborhoods–drug-infested neighborhoods, neighborhoods where they said where young girls are turned out,” Sallis said.

Her mom says communication with that side of the family was cut off after what she told police about bad behavior at the apartment.

“She said, ‘I only allowed her to drink one time, and it was vodka to let her open up and talk with me,’ and my thought was ‘You had to get her drunk to get her to open up with you?’”  Sallis said. “She said, she only took two puffs of marijuana.  So she opened up, and she confided, and that’s where I got the information–from her half-sister.” 

TV and newspapers in Phylicia’s hometown report the half sister’s boyfriend—the last person to see her alive—has now hired a lawyer. Police say they have no suspects.

“Everywhere we went, it still turned out to be a dead end—just like now,” Sallis said.

Investigators have found no physical evidence.

“We’re in full throttle,” said Anthony Gugliemi, Baltimore police spokesman. “We have the FBI, homicide, Maryland State Police, all of our partners that were here from day one will continue to be here. When asked this morning, the head of homicide said we will keep up at this pace as long as we have to.”

Police do believe foul play is involved in Phylicia’s disappearance. There’s no trace of the honor student whose friends are devastated.

“It really hit the heart because it’s someone you know and you love, and you never think it would happen to you until it does,” said Tori Brown, classmate.

“I love her, and I’m praying for her, and I just want her to come home,” said classmate Jeniete Tims.

WJZ promises to keep following this case and will let you know as soon as Phylicia is found.

Comments (22)
  1. Carla says:

    My heart goes out to that mother. I think that step sister knows something and she is affraid to tell. Between her boyfriend and her know what is going on. Know when it first aired, the sister looked very suspicious. How can you not know what is going on in your own house. I beleive the apartment is a flop house. What you do in the dark will come to light and God will reveal all. Check that sister and her boyfriend again, I say.

    1. 1uniquemonique says:

      I agree with you 100%!!!

  2. Marian says:

    Ms Janice Sallis should contact Montel William’s frequent guest on TV; the lady named Ms Sylvia Browne. She works with the FBI on several cases.

  3. sad to me says:

    This is so sad I think bout her and it hurts I don’t know her but how you just up and disappear without a trace I’m praying for her safe return and I believe the sister and boyfriend know what happen I been following the story since day 1 everybody who was in and out that home is suspect to me I want to get involved I want to help find this yound lady what should I do and who do I contact to get started

  4. Mary says:

    To Michael the boyfriend… is now time to give up and tell the authorities once and for all. You need to put the grief behind you and move on…..Be a man and do the right thing, the longer you keep quiet, the worse you are making this on you and the family of that young girl.

  5. Sheila says:

    Just wondering if cell phone’s GPS was ever used to help trace/track Phylicia. Praying hard for her safe return.

  6. Mary says:

    WJZ….you are not doing a good job. Since having a new webpage, the errors are frequent. You have a typo error in this article, instead of $2500 reward, it is now $25,000 reward. Big difference and especially to someone who may open up with a tip to bring Phylicia home. I just want this nightmare to end. I have been following this since she disappeared and I want her found. She did not deserve this and all of us want her to return home safe to her worried family.

  7. kim says:

    kim praying for her safe return god does like ugly some one knows something god will bring it out to the family keep your heads up pray change things. dont let this storm tear the love you have as a family keep praying together . a family that pray together stay together.

  8. neicey says:

    My heart goes out to phylicia’s mom and the rest of her family and friends. I hope she is found and returned home safely. I too feel as though the sister and her boyfriend is withholding information concerning her whereabouts and eventually the truth will come out.

  9. Doug says:

    This is long in the tooth.
    There must be hundreds of other missing kids in the area.
    What of them?

  10. Tonya says:

    I’am very sad to know that these days you cant even travel to a’destination of a’relative house to be your sister and be safe she’s not even related to me and i’cry for her return of safety my god she’s just a’blossomed 17’year old just beginning to live and achieve her goals in life please lord let her be found unharmed so we can stop worrying and grieving.I’ll will continue to pray for us all.Amen

  11. Passing Through says:

    To Doug: Our hopes go out for all of the missing, but unfortunately only a few get any attention. It is sad, and none of it is right. Yes, we can do better, and someday we will, but until then we can be glad that at least this one is getting some attention. And from what I have read, that had to be fought for.

  12. Ex-Baltimore says:

    Only in Baltimore! Get little sis’ drunk to get her to “open up.” That’s a direct quote from the mother.

  13. Donna says:

    I agree somebody knows something the answers lie somewhere between the sister and the boyfriend Meanwhile to family stay strong and each day I say a pray for her quick and safe return,God Bless

  14. Mary D. says:

    WJZ shame on you for dimishing her by a type o type error my eye, because you really dont care. I am like “$2500 will not get anyones attention”, this is a very sensitive situation. Please retract this ERROR IMEDIATELY! $25,000 can make a differance between life and dealth. Why are you all so evil she was a good girl a good black girl who had both parents who loved her. We love her and want her found. Where is Nancy Grace? You will reap what you sew.

  15. Mary says:

    Mary D.. Wjz finally corrected the error. It took them long enough. I posted my comment about the error nearly 24 hours earlier and it wasn’t until you posted your comment that they finally corrected it. They have made numerous errors since changing their webpage. In journalism, you think they would proof read their articles before posting the story.

  16. NE says:

    My questions is why was she allowed to come to Baltimore alone? I feel for the family believe me. To some of the previous poster, this story has gotten more press then alot of other missing children , black or white.. Lets not bring color into this. I hope for her safe return and God bless her and her family.

  17. K.J says:

    It’s really sad that this has happen to this young girl. “Revenge is mine say’s the lord”. I hope all things come to light!!

  18. 1uniquemonique says:

    The boyfriend hired a lawyer because his conscious is beating the hell out of him!!!

  19. Mary says:

    William I hope you are right. If it is a strong feeling maybe you might want to call the tip line. I just want her found safe and reunited with her family. She did not deserve this at all and I just hope the police can get to the bottom of this.

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