Police ID Second Body Found In Susquehanna River

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police have identified the second body pulled from the water near the Conowingo Dam on the same day they found the body of missing honor student Phylicia Barnes.

Derek Valcourt explains police say it appears the two deaths are not related.

So far, police say there is no connection and the discovery of the bodies on the same day may be nothing more than a coincidence.

Two bodies were plucked from the Susquehanna on the same day.  Missing honor student Phylicia Barnes was found just north of the Conowingo Dam and now police say fingerprints have helped them identify the body of a man found nearby.  Darryl Harper, 53, lived briefly in Cockeysville and had recently moved to Richmond, Va. with his wife.  She reported him missing earlier this month.

“Investigators do know that Harper had told a relative he threatened suicide.  He said he was going to jump off a bridge,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police spokesperson.

Police say Harper checked himself into a hospital in east Pennsylvania that sits right along the Susquehanna.  He has a history of depression and suicide attempts.  His body was found miles away, just south of the Conowingo on the same day as Barnes.  Police say it appears the two deaths are not related.

The identification of Harper’s body doesn’t help Baltimore Police or the family of Phylicia Barnes, whose body was discovered naked, with no signs of trauma, ending the nearly four-month search for the missing honor student, who vanished while visiting her sister in Northwest Baltimore.

Police have not officially ruled Harper’s death a suicide.  The medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of death for both Harper and Barnes.

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  1. Nikki says:

    I don’t think the man has anything to do with her.

  2. Kim Rolf-Price says:

    I think there may be a connection. How often do you find two bodies the same day in the same water. They have to be connected.

    1. Kim says:

      They just said the man was last seen on March 26th. That means he was still alive 3 months after Phylicia disappeared. Doesn’t sound like a connection to me.

    2. zzzzz says:

      THE KEY POINT IS WHY WAS BARNES AND HARPER BODIES BOTH FOUND N A K E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Twin01 says:

    Kim, I hate to tell you but I don’t agree. Think about it, this gentleman was from Richmond, VA and was in the hospital in East Penn, PA. She was staying with her sister in NW Baltimore City. How could their paths cross if he is approximately 25 yrs older than the sister she was staying with???
    Just like on Sunday there were 3 murders in East Baltimore and they were unrelated. Just because 4 ppl were shot doesn’t mean they were shot with the same gun. Stop speculating without any clues.

    I hope they the person or ppl involved and prosecute them to the maximum jail time or event the death penalty. I am tired of out tax dollars going to waste to house, feed, and provide medical treatment to repeat offenders serving a life sentence. IJS

    1. Kim Rolf-Price says:

      Not speculating. They are just my thoughts!!!

  4. kerri says:

    i really dont think there is a conection. i mean nomatter where the bodys were dumped in the water @, of course they are going to end up at the dam. it is the way water flows…hopefully they make a break soon. that is really sad..

  5. MAF says:

    I don’t think there is a connection, either. I mean his body somehow ended up in the dam in late March and her body came afloat but been missing since the end of December. I think both are victims of a unspeakable crime and somehow the bodies came to the surface due to weather conditions, currents and just maybe opening the flood gates may have also contributed to this scenario. This is sad if the body of water was being used to dispose human beings. My sympathy to both Phylicia’s and Darry’s families.

  6. Ladiie says:

    I don’t think he had anything to do with her murder but it sounds like he kidnapped and killed her then killed himself out of guilt.

  7. Linda says:

    the wife last talked to him in mid-march…doesn’t report him missing until April 15th…??????

  8. Feebe says:

    Whats the chance this little girl was about to become a human traficing victim?And she was trying to get away/

  9. jo says:

    the wife killed him it sounds like or had something to do with it, my condonlences goes out to Phylicia Barnes Family.

  10. mary says:

    I don’t believe they were connected because he was or the north side of the dam she the south. I think she may have been in a shallow grave or dumped in the wooded area around the dam and with the flooding they just had it may have washed her out. I hope police go with that idea start searching that area.

  11. 1uniquemonique says:

    Why would a wife wait nearly a month to report her husband missing? Last talked to him mid-March and reports him missing April 15th. ????? Something’s fishy.

  12. zzzzzz says:

    2 and 2 just do not add up. the man named harper and P. Barnes was found in the same location of the river. but if the crime is not related. then why would their be 2 dead nude bodies in the same river. did harper make contact with Barnes, adducted Barnes and first killed Barnes remove her clothes and then kill himself. but when is his car and where are both victims clothes. the two crime cases have to be connected together. you just do not find two bodies in the same body of water with nothing else to trace the tracks of what cause both victims deaths. the 2 murders are too clean. the missing links will resolve both murders i sure it will. god will bring forth the truth just like he has reveal the findings of the 2 dead bodies.

  13. LaLa says:

    The Susquehanna River is a LONG river so it’s not really that much of a coincidence that they found the two bodies on the same day. Hell you don’t know how many bodies are floating in there now…

  14. zzzzz says:

    THE HARPER AND BARNES CRIME CASES LOOK LIKE A PRO CRIME JOB !!!!

    IT HAD TO BE MORE THEN ONE PERSON INVOLVED IN THESE VICTIMS CASES.

    SOME BODY SOME WHERE WAS INVOLVE IN THE WRONG THING.
    THIS IS TOO DEEP FOR ME.

    IT REMIND ME OF THE LATE 60’S MURDER CASE OF SHIRLEY PARKER, HER DEAD BODY WAS FOUND ON TOP OF THE DRUID HILL PARK ELECTRICAL WATER FOUNTAIN. TILL THIS VERY DAY NO ONE CAN BEGAN TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND HOW HER POOR BODY REACH THE TOP OF THAT PARK ELECTRIC WATER FOUNTAIN. AMAZING NO ONE SEEN NOR HEARD NOTHING. REAL SAD.

  15. Mary says:

    The wife is reporting that she last saw her husband early March as he goes to MD. to pick up items left behind at their old apartment. She finds out from a relative that he had been hospitalized overnight for mental issues in late March. The hosp. does not contact her, since she is a spouse to let her know that he was admitted?? (strange) I know about HIPPA, but this is about covering your you know what. She does not report him missing until mid April. Oh, and then she tells investigators that her husband had been suicidal in the past and wanted to jump off a bridge. So, the wife does not show any concerns? Very fishy. Where is his car? How did he get to Maryland and then to PA. for his hospitalization???????

  16. BW says:

    Just so that you get the facts straight, the girl’s body was found on the upper side of the Conowingo Dam and the man’s body on the lower side of the Dam. That is like they were found in two separate bodies of water with a huge concrete/metal structure in between them. The man probably committed suicide which is why his body was on the lower side of the Dam. As to why would the wife wait so long to report her husband missing – he had checked himself into a hospital in PA – she was in VA. Maybe they were separated.

    1. walter says:

      MAYBE, BUT THE CATCH 22 IS THE FACT BOTH VICTIMS WERE FOUND TOTALLY-COMPLETELY NUDE. EXPLAIN THAT. WHO KNOW THE HARPER WIFE MIGHT TOLD A NUMBERS OF LIE’S JUST TO COLLECT THE INSURANCE MONEY. SHE STILL HAVE TO WAIT 2 YEARS BEFORE SHE CAN STILL COLLECT ON THE INSURANCE MONEY IF IT IS ANY TRUTH TO THE SUICIDE. SMELL LIKE A ROTTEN RAT OUT THERE SOME WHERE. THE FISH IN THE RIVER DID NOT REMOVE THE DEAD PEOPLE CLOTHES.

      1. oh no! says:

        jesus..youre a re re

  17. jackson says:

    so is there a serial killer on the loose that is killing people and the placing their naked bodies in the river

  18. Mary says:

    BW…I thought that they might be separated, too. They interviewed the wife and she did not mentioned anything about them being separated but if they were that would explain a lot.

  19. Crystal says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but no where in this article does it state that both bodies were found nude. As it reads below, the article only states that the young lady was found nude and that the identification of the gentlemen has not helped police or her family in finding answers.

    ” The identification of Harper’s body doesn’t help Baltimore police or the family of Phylicia Barnes, whose body was discovered naked, with no signs of trauma, ending the nearly four months’ search for the missing honor student, who vanished while visiting her sister in northwest Baltimore. ”

    Given that they were found on two seperate sides of the dam, I personally do not believe the two deaths to be connected. However, no one will no for sure until the police and authorities complete their investigations. It’s a sad story and my heart goes out to both of their family and friends.

    1. Sonja Jerow says:

      This particular article didn’t mention that Harper was nude but a previous report did.

  20. RH says:

    Now I know a river is different than an ocean, but once the waves and tides were so strong, it took my bikini top off. It seems unlikely and I am not an expert, but could the strong winds of March and the swift moving water remove the clothing of at least one of the victims? We still don’t know what happened or the manner or cause of death but we just have to wait and see. Sympathy to both families of the victims.

  21. Bob says:

    Crystal…it may not be mentioned in this article, but it was reported earlier and more than once, that both bodies found in the water were nude.

  22. Doug says:

    Why,some springs , the river is so choked up with bloated bodies,that
    if you’re really good,you can hop across the river, bouncing from corpse to corpse,
    all the way to the other side.
    Heck,it’s nearly a sport.

  23. KF says:

    Why don’t we leave the speculation to the people who get paid to investigate and just send our condolences to the families. We don’t know what happened or why and it’s not right to assume some of the things I’m seeing. Some of these comments are wild and just out there. All we know is what the media puts out and what the police release to them. You better believe it’s not all the facts so stop assuming it’s just rediculous.

  24. Anonymous says:

    How do you think Mr. Harper’s family must feel when people post such ugly speculations about him and his death? The clear facts are that he suffered from depression and he’s dead. Yes, it will be good to know more as the investigation unfolds, but please don’t add to his family’s grief in the meantime!

    As for Phylicia Barnes,some questions that have not been answered are these: How long had she been dead when she was found, and is there any indication whether she died where she was found or died somewhater else and was taken to where she was found? (I don’t remember even hearing whether it was determined that she was drowned.) f she had been dead for some time, had her body been placed in the water immediately, or had it been moved there more recently? The police probably know these answers and are not sharing them until the investigation is farther along

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