Last seen on December 28, 2010, the 16-year-old honor student went missing while visiting her half-sister in Baltimore, MD. Police pulled her naked body from the Susquehanna river on Wednesday, 35 miles south of Baltimore, MD.
Workers at the Conowingo Dam spotted Barnes’ body floating in the water around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and notified state troopers in the area, according to Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley. While investigators were still in the area, they discovered a second body floating three or four miles south of the dam a few hours later.
Barnes was identified via dental records however, police are uncertain as to the cause of death and a preliminary autopsy failed to determine a cause of death as well.
The discovery of Barnes’ body ends the search phase of the case and now begins the investigation into who killed her.