Baltimore police are growing increasingly worried that 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared from her sister's Northwest Baltimore apartment, will not be found alive. She was visiting Baltimore from North Carolina and planned to go to Towson University.
She was last seen last Tuesday.
Her family has flown into Baltimore and held a vigil and have hit the streets chasing rumors in what has been a fruitless search. Baltimore homicide detectives are involved, and city police have gone on national television pleading for help.
Barnes was last seen after leaving her sister's apartment on Eberle Drive near the Reisterstown Road Metro station. She had gone shopping, but her family said she did not know the area well. Police said she was last seen with her sister's boyfriend, though they tell me he has been interviewed three times by detectives and is not a suspect.
Barnes is a stand-out, straight-A student who enjoyed theater and was to graduate early from high school.
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It is so sad. Many people believe her sister had something to do with it..