Investigators ‘Back At Square One’ In Search For Missing Teen

BALTIMORE (WJZ)  — Police are back at square one after the search for a missing teenager came up empty.

Adam May has more on what happens now in the search for Phylicia Barnes.

This biggest effort yet to find missing teenager Phylicia Barnes left investigators empty handed.

“I think we’re back at square one right now,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.

Over the weekend, 200 police officers and volunteers searched the woods and some abandoned buildings in Patapsco State Park.  Police have not revealed exactly why they concentrated on this area, but they say it has something to do with information gained during a police interview.

“It was associated with one of the 30 people of interest we’ve been talking to,” Guglielmi said.

Some of those people were at a party with Barnes at an apartment complex off Reisterstown Road before she disappeared just after Christmas.  The 17-year-old honors student was in Baltimore visiting her half sister, leaving behind devastated friends in North Carolina.

“It’s been hard because she’s not beside me and I can’t talk to her.  It’s been rough,” said a friend.  “And the fact that they haven’t given up hope and find whatever evidence they can means a lot to us down here.”

As strangers in Baltimore continue handing out fliers, police wouldn’t publicly speculate on their next move, admitting they don’t have any physical evidence or fresh leads in the case.

“We have no doubt in our minds that something terrible has happened to Phylicia and there’s someone out there who knows more,” Guglielmi said.

Police say they’re still getting some tips in the case but the calls are drastically slowing down.  If you have any information, please call police.

  • sheriff willie

    It’s right under the police’s nose. Someone in that family & extended family of so-called friends knows something. They’re afraid of snitchin because they’ll get whacked. Make them a deal, see if there are any outstanding warrants against them & squeeze their balls until the cough up some answers. Sooner or later , one of these fools is gonna get in trouble & when they do, swing into action police & get the needed information. You got to make the Black community stand up for itself & be responsible instead of some little field hand.

  • Billiam

    One would think that law enforcement knows more than they are revealing; if it was “right under the police’s nose,” they would have come out with something by now. Either they know more than they are revealing and are waiting for someone to slip up, or they really are back to square one. Now – before I get accused of being racist (which will probably happen anyway), please note that the case of this young woman is getting more press than that of the “rich, white girl,” (because that’s what more than one person has already said and will say again. You have an african-american woman missing since December with whereabouts unknown, and you have a caucasian woman who has brutally beaten to death by a stupid ex-boyfriend. Each of these cases deserves as much press as each can get because it is an important reminder that for whatever reason Phylicia is missing and for whatever reason Yeardley was murdered, each family has suffered a huge loss and now feels a void that can never be filled. So, stop with the race card – think about the family Baltimore – for once.

  • allen

    The police should get Sylvia Browne the psychic, maybe she can see what they missed. Anything at this point can help, it don’t hurt trying.

    • come on

      She is a phoney just like the rest of them

  • Julz

    I heard she was found in a barn with multiple guns shots… this true???


    Why r the police searching the same old spots. I have not heard them searching at other parks like GYWNN OAK PARK in Baltimore County. This is a nice size park. It runs all the way down near Forest Park and Franklintown Road. Then there is Gywnn Oak Leaking Park, that runs from Gywnn Falls Road, the way down to Forest Park also. What the problem? Why THE BALTIMORE POLICE CAN NOT GET ANY ANSWERS TO WHERE THIS YOUNG LADY IS AT???????? SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING, KEEP PRESSING THE SISTER AND HER BOYFRIEND, THEN THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please Baltimore look at these places so I can have a piece of mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you a concern parent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • taylor

    I’m wondering if they have thoroughly searched all of the abandoned houses with the x’s on them. Probably not.

  • michellefrommadison

    When will these prostitutes learn that their conduct can be dangerous?

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