Sadly, the search has come to an end
Body of N.C. honor student missing since December found, father says
By the CNN Wire Staff
April 21, 2011 5:15 p.m. EDT
Phylicia Barnes said she was going to get something to eat and then disappeared.
(CNN) -- The body of a 17-year-old honor student from North Carolina -- missing since December -- has been found in a Maryland river, her father said Thursday.
- NEW: Two bodies were found near the Conowingo Dam, Maryland state police say
- Phylicia Barnes' body is found in the Susquehanna River in Maryland, her father says
- She was last seen December 28 in Baltimore, where she'd been staying with her half-sister
- Earlier, a Baltimore police spokesman said there was no reason she'd have run away
Russel Barnes said that a female body found in the Susquehanna River in northeast Maryland is that of his daughter, Phylicia Barnes. Later Thursday afternoon, the Maryland State Police confirmed the body's identity in a press release.
Phylicia Barnes' body was one of two found Wednesday in the river -- one south and the other north of the Conowingo Dam -- state police said. Her body was recovered around 10 a.m. that morning, while authorities spotted a male's body floating in the water just before 2 p.m.
The teenage girl said she was going out to get something to eat and maybe a haircut when she left a residence in Baltimore where she'd been staying with her half-sister, according to that city's police.
Later, authorities said they feared that Barnes -- who is from Charlotte -- had been abducted or otherwise harmed. She had left her debit card where she was staying, and hadn't answered her cell phone since her disappearance, her mother, Janice Sallis, told HLN's "Nancy Grace."
Sallis, who described herself as very "protective" as a mother, said she was "stunned" and "devastated" after learning from one of Phylicia Barnes' siblings "there was a listing of 20 different guys going in and out" of where the teen was staying. The mother claimed that the daughter, who had recently turned 17, was also allowed to drink alcohol.
A Baltimore police spokesman has said that more than 100 city police officers, Maryland State Police troopers and FBI agents have been working on the case.
According to police, Phylicia Barnes communicated through text messages with her half-sister about 12:30 p.m. the day she disappeared.
The half-sister's ex-boyfriend was moving out of the apartment and he saw the teenage girl on the couch around 1:30 p.m. But when he came back around 5:10 p.m., he said that she was not there there. The door was reportedly unlocked, and the music was blasting very loudly in the apartment.
In January, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony J. Guglielmi said the FBI did a profile on the girl and found no reason that she might run away. She was a good student with no major emotional disturbances in her life, he said.
"The fact set of this case is different than anything else we've seen," he said.
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