Police Work To Solve Mystery Of Phylicia Barnes’ Death

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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  • MAF

    Will be praying for the police to solve this case and soon. Phylicia did not deserve this at all. For the low life of a no good SOB, you will get caught for what you did to this precious angel. Count on it. You could just turn yourself in but I guess you don’t have the gut to do so, you are a coward. Justice for Phylicia and her family. God Bless.

  • Doug

    Story in long in the tooth.
    Find some hard facts,let us know.

  • jai

    istill think with hte drug activty and stuff @ half sisters apt theres a missing link somewhere in that part to links to this here hwat we are reading nowi hope it all ocmeto closure soon so the family can put there precious daughter to rest knowing the facts behind this case

  • Herman Glimsher



    • jai

      herbert the only dinwit is u hating on a bunch of people who was out looking for facts what part did u contribute besides al negitive hate towards positive htis is whats wrong with folks like you in baltimore think before you write

    • john

      herbert u think you the new sheriff in town lets see u do the job that these folks do 24-7 you probally cant i bet you cant even enlist to be a cop so therefore shut up

  • Herman Glimsher


  • Makesyouwonder

    I cannot wait to see what the cause of death was. This may have been a accident instead of a murder. Everyone keeps calling to find the murderer to be found. It may have been 2 kids in the heat of the moment somewhere along the conowingo water in car, and somehow they went into the water by accident. I refuse to make a judgement like most are doing. Just kind of strange the found 2 nude bodies of opposite sex they same day not far from each other. Makes me kind of wonder what really happen, and the only 2 that know are more then likely dead, and now the crime lab will have to use thier best judgement to make a ruling on thier deaths. Just rememeber not all 16 year old girls are innocent, I knew quite a few growing up that were preganent or having sex with anyone that they could. Not saying this young lady was like that, but this could turn out to be the opposite of what everyone has been thinking all this time.

    • sheriff

      Makesyouwonder, Duh?????Yeah, the middle of winter & they decide to take off their clothes & get naked & go for a swim in 20 degrees water, Yeah that makes sense, about as much sense as seeing a monkey fly out of my a$$ hole. &Alice in wonderland is a porn star.

      • Billiam

        To the sheriff – my only question is how come you haven’t mentioned you feel this case has gotten too much press when you couldn’t wait to come on here and spout off about the girl who played lacrosse saying her murder was getting too much press? Answer me that….and stop shooting blanks.

  • Unha

    Makesuwonder do u believe they went skinny dipping in December in a state that is usually below 20 degrees in winter? she was smarter then that. Also I wonder if they been dead since December and inthe water that long? is it not kind of fishy that they both washed up at the same time?

  • MAF

    No one goes skinny dipping in the dead of winter unless it is Florida but not in Maryland. Maybe a hot tub but not the Conowingo Dam. Makesyouwonder, where is the car that got them there? A car was not reported abandoned, so please tell me how Phylicia ended up there? MTA does not provide service to the Conowingo Dam and if she took a cab with this guy, believe me the cab driver would have remembered Phylicia once her her story became public. I remember the tragedy of Lacy Peterson and her husband dumped her body in the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve and her body was found along with her unborn child 4 months later. So, I guess it takes that long for the human body to come to surface. This is no accident, this is murder. The police knows it, too.

  • Mary

    Sheriff….That was a good one! Makesyouwonder wants the public and the police to think it was an accident so that the criminals can get off the hook. But, we both know that the police are smarter than that. It is just a matter of time that the person or people who committed these crimes will be caught.

  • roibn

    okay honestly ppl need to have faith an keep praying for the family(ies) thats lost their loved one its not about you and your opinions of the Baltimore police anad the person or persons who did this to her will be caught

  • sheriff

    Billiam, What I think it none of your business. When I have something of newsworthy content, I’ll give an opinion. In the meantime Chuckie, crawl back into your outhouse & take in some deep breaths.

    • Billiam

      I know I can always count on you to provide thoughtful and important issues on the news stories at hand. It’s a pleasure to read your comments; I’m getting a much better understanding of how truly idiotic your rambling comments are whenever you post; they make no sense, you prove it every time so I’ll give you the fact you’re consistent. You only comment on stories that you feel suit your taste. The educated individuals here including Ex-Baltimore and others see you for who you are; a sad and biased person who will slant every story his (or her) way in order to get her (or his) comment heard, when in reality, your thoughts are far more prejudiced than many other individual who comment on this post.

  • robert

    roibn….the title of this article is “police work to solve this mystery of Phylicia Barnes death”. People are concerned about what happened to this girl. I think all of us want answers including her loved one The public as a whole has been concerned about her welfare since she went missing. She is smart, beautiful and had so much going for her. This is a way to express how we feel what may have happened to her. Yes, sometimes you get some off the wall comments but when you see that people respond, it does show that they have taken the time to read her story and it.shows that people care. This is a news article not a guestbook or a tribute web site. Many people have prayed for the family including myself.

  • An Intifada In The Neighborhoods

    Police say that this is the tip of the iceberg when you think that the rest of the spring and summer will bring. An article in the Arizona Republic read on the internet said that police expect to find bodies cut up and carparts along with the people’s bodyparts cut up and dumped on highways and other roads this spring since last year, this same thing happened and police were stumped of the carnage that happened in Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma and other towns in Arizona.

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