Baltimore — 11 News in Baltimore is reporting that two bodies have been pulled from the Susquehanna River and one of them is missing teenager Phylicia Barnes from North Carolina.
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Barnes disappeared from her home on December 28th. The Monroe, N.C., 16-year-old was visiting family in northwest Baltimore over the Christmas holiday.
Her disappearance puzzled investigators and garnered national attention. Over the last few months, police conducted massive searches for Barnes that turned up no possible clues.An 11 News source said the girl’s family has been notified and that dental records confirmed her identity.
No immediate cause of death has been determined.
This is news that I hoped I would never have to report. Phylicia Barnes’ decomposed body was just found in a body of water.
My heart bleeds for this beautiful girl’s family. I wish that those responsible will never have a moment’s peace until we discover the truth of what happened.
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The family of Phylicia Barnes is on edge after two bodies are found near the Conowingo Dam
On a very warm afternoon, there are people fishing and walking around the Susquehanna River, right near the Conowingo Dam. It's a place for people in Port Deposit to relax.
Now, they want to know more about two bodies found in this area. Maryland State Police describe them only as a female and male, both adult-sized.
Around 7:30 Wednesday morning, people working on the Dam flagged down troopers, after seeing a body in the river. Around 10 a.m., Department of Natural Resources officers found the body of a female.
While investigators continued to scour the area, they were contacted about another body found in the water shortly before 2 p.m. Boaters discovered the body of a man floating in the water, about three to four miles from the first location.
State police has not identified the races of the bodies, but anonymous sources in Port Deposit say they were both black. And with every body found, the family of Phylicia Barnes is on edge.
The 16-year-old from North Carolina disappeared on December 28, while staying with her sister in a Northwest Baltimore apartment. We talked to Barnes' parents, but they have not heard from investigators about the most recent finding.
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