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Police Work To Solve Mystery Of Phylicia Barnes’ Death

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Now that the body of missing teenager Phylicia Barnes has been found, police are focused on finding out how she died.

Pat Warren has the latest on the investigation.

How did the body of a North Carolina teenager visiting relatives in Northwest Baltimore wind up in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam at Port Deposit?

“You don’t need to be a sleuth to determine it’s suspicious that her body was found up there,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.

Last week’s discovery led top cops to add mystery to mystery with the same-day discovery of a man’s body in the river, not far from where Phylicia Barnes was found.

“There’s a lot of work now that needs to be done,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

“We don’t have much more today than we did on Friday.  We’re still waiting for cause of death on both those bodies.  Hopefully this week, we’ll make some headway on that and then we’re waiting for the formal identification on the second body,” Guglielmi said.

Police still have no evidence of a connection between the bodies but the level of confidence in solving this case is high.

“In the entire country, I don’t think there’s a better team when it comes to investigating death investigations,” Guglielmi said.

Police say that, contrary to some earlier reports, they do not have a suspect in the case.

Police are waiting for the outcome of the medical examiner’s report on cause of death.

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