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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland State Police say they’ve made progress in the investigation of the killing of a North Carolina teen who went missing while visiting Baltimore.

But police said Wednesday, nearly one year after Phylicia Barnes’ disappearance, that they can’t reveal details without compromising the outcome of the probe.

The 16-year-old from Monroe, N.C., went missing Dec. 28, 2010, while visiting relatives in Baltimore. In April, Conowingo Dam workers spotted her body in the Susquehanna River, an hour’s drive from the Baltimore apartment where she was last seen.

Barnes’ death was ruled a homicide, but authorities have not released the cause of her death. No one has been charged.

Police say investigators have re-interviewed family and friends, reviewed evidence and searched for and analyzed additional evidence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. The mechanic says:

    I believe the police know who the perp / perps are but just need a clue, evidence or a solid reliable witness. They should be squeezing all known associates of these suspects with pending charges for some good leads & closure. May the killers rot in hell.

  2. kim says:

    I’m sure the half sister and her boyfriend aren’t happy to hear this news. I’m almost positive that any “progress” that’s been made in the case is pointing straight at them.

    1. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      i definitly agree i think the sister was jelous as hell put on a front about arguing and breaking up with her boyfriend he left after she did so he probably asked her if she needed a ride or watever so shes thinkin hey i no him jumps in the car he ends up taking her down conowingo cause let me tell u this fact for real unless ur from this area u dont no nuttn about conowingo damn its far out in redneckville off an old old rd if it wasnt them it was her father

  3. Steve says:

    Kim, I agree with you. I have always believed that the sister, if not directly involved, knows what happened. You do not let your 16 year old sister come to Md. and allow someone to do harm or be alone with her. Why would Phylicia be alone with anyone that she didn’t know? Was Phylicia drinking or engaged in illicit activity that put her in harms way? Hopefully not. But there was something that went on at that apartment that was witnessed by others. These people are covering for one another and will not talk. There will be some very interesting news about this case very soon and we will be shocked.

    1. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      god will definitly take care of them thats wat im saying something aint right with that picture

  4. Mary says:

    I agree with both Kim and Steve. I hope the police will make the arrest(s) soon so that the POS individuals involved with this senseless murder will no longer be on the streets of our city.

  5. adraine says:

    Its a shame about this story this beautiful young intelligent young lady she deser ves justice very sad

  6. sheila greer turner says:

    I have followed this case from the start. and I hope they catch who did this. its so horrible. I look forward to this wicked world coming to its end. who wants to live in a world like this. always worried that you or your loved ones will be the next victim. always stressed abt something. illnesses employment family problems. this inst living people. this is a nigthmare gon bad….

  7. Eric says:

    You have no choice but to follow this case from the beginning. It’s been everywhere. I am not saying this murder is any less important than another. But really? There has been many murders of good local people and you do not see anywhere near the amount of publicity as we have seen with this one and she isn’t even from Baltimore. I understand it happened in Baltimore. But come on now. I am tired of seeing this all over the place. It was all over the billboards everywhere you went along with all over the news. You couldn’t go anyplace without seeing this. I lost a close friend about 10 years ago who was robed and beat to death with a stick and it was on the news once. His own father paid to have a billboard put up. To this day they have not found the killer. So let the cops do their job and put this to rest.

  8. Kimberly Blackwell says:

    eric sorry but thats really not fair id say this case and the casey anthony case should be brought up n talked about 1-thats how they get alotta clues 2- if that were your child youd want all the publicity in her death and finding her killer wouldnt u i mean yeah i can see wat your saying but i think that maybe they perhaps put it out there enough so either the killer or someone who knows the killer will feel so damn guilty n speak up. trust me 1/2 of us just wanna hear who did it

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