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“Phylicia Barnes, Missing North Carolina Teen, Found Dead”


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.

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97 thoughts on ““Phylicia Barnes, Missing North Carolina Teen, Found Dead”

  1. This is really sad, I feel bad for her and it brings me to a real low to even think about the fear she must have had when she died.

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  2. This story makes my stomach hurt. Rest in peace, young lady, and may the Lord bring comfort to your family.

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  3. Sad ya’ll but I knew this girl was dead. cell phone off debit card not used. and here we are 4 mnths later. it’s just some evil monfuccas out here!

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  4. My thoughts and prayers go with her family. Cannot imagine what they have been through, and have yet to face.

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  5. This is very sad. Such a beautiful girl with a beautiful smile. Condolences to the family, and the family of the young man, whoever he is.

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  6. I hope they find the bastard who did this, and stop them before they take another promising young life.

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I was really hoping they would find this young girl alive. I suppose that at least now her family will be able to find “closure,” if that’s even possible. Such a sad sad story and my heart goes out to her family.

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  8. This is another sad case of beautiful child gone way to soon but what I will never understand is, how come she was even allowed to leave an appartment where she was visting when she is a minor who did not know her way around.

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  9. While the disparity of coverage in missing person cases is disturbing, far more disturbing is the constant stream of missing women and now the constant stream of bodies being found. What is wrong with people? How can someone abduct, hurt, and murder people? while you have these television shows and movies which focus on abduction, torture, and murder and there is no doubt in my mind that the obvious increase in these types of cases is, due in part, to the continual sensationalization of these events. Smh.

    The tv and movie screen are giving these crazies ideas.

    may this girl R.I.P. and my her family find comfort.

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  10. i think the police killed her ..and let her body rot in the rivier to kill all evidence…i think they gang raped her

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      1. Why did her sister deena, let her ex-boyfriend stay alone with Phylicia?. He was the last person reported seeing her alive, saying she was asleep on the couch.

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      2. I agree! I think the sister’s boyfriend KNOWS what happened to this young lady.

        His stankin’ azz probably raped and murdered her.

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      3. I agree! I think the sister’s boyfriend KNOWS what happened to this young lady.

        His stankin’ azz probably raped and murdered her.
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        the ex boyfriend know what happen…. I wouldn’t put it past him either. something wasn’t right about it when they said the half sister left her there with him.

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      4. Why did her sister deena, let her ex-boyfriend stay alone with Phylicia?. He was the last person reported seeing her alive, saying she was asleep on the couch.
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        If Deena was so bad, why did the mother allow Phylicia to go all the way to B-more to spend Xmas with her. Mom isn’t making herself look too bright right about now.

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      5. Police now refer to Deena’s boyfriend as her “ex” I’m glad to see she made some changes in her life before SHE ends up floating in a river.

        If I were her, I’d have to give him the “side eye” too.

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      6. I agree with ya’ll

        I prayed and wished for a different ending with this story. Something is not quite right about that ex-boyfriend’s story. I’ve said this from day one. I hope they catch who did it and prayers for Phylicia’s and the other family.

        RIP Phylicia

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      7. no teenager out of town and away from parents would be sleeping in the middle of the damn day.The ex killed her and the other person maybe? One of the victims had to be a witness to the others murder. Thats if they can prove they were murdered.

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      8. Damn 😦 RIP to her and the young fella found with Phylicia.

        I still say that the sister and the rest of that side of the father family and whoever that sister had in that apt know something.

        Also its pretty messed up when Facebook is a tool to reunite estranged families. The father bounced for years, has this other family, and the mom believes the girl should know her entire family. With that said a lot of these so called family and friends aint shyt! You got a lil sibling no way and hell should you be exposing her to whoever and whatever you do.

        Also the father kept telling the older sister don’t speak to the girl’s mother, when she had questions. So Daddy deadbeat gets the side eye.

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      9. The ex boyfriend raped and killed her and even killed the other body (guy) that was in the river for being a probable witness to the murder. The ex boyfriend was the last to see her alive..He did it watch and see…

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      10. Damn!! reading what ya’ll saying and ya’ll’s theories are interesting. I bet police already think or know the step-sister’s ex had something to do with it. They prbly been watching him all along.

        Like *Starr* said, let’s watch and see. sad.

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      11. Damn!! reading what ya’ll saying and ya’ll’s theories are interesting.
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        I’ve been giving this whole damn story the side eye from day 1. No way in hell would I allow my 16 yr old child to stay out of town, away from me, family or not. This chick is from North Carolina staying with family she hardly know in B-More. She knows nothing about city living nor has any street sense! The mother should be ashamed of herself letting this child go NOT knowing what kind of household her sister keeps! Its sad but at the same time BLACK PEOPLE WAKE UP! Take care of your children, know there friends AND their mommas. YOUR CHILDREN ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. STOP trying to be their friend and be there parent!

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      12. Deena Barnes and Phylicia’s Moms?? One of them bishes is lying, and Phylicia went missing from Deena’s apartment, not Mom’s. Story stinks like shit and has more wholes in it then some dirty draws.

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      13. Look what *Anonymous* started:

        Prayers to this family .. this is beyond heart wrenching.. we need to do better in our families .. our extended families and their friends. I hope her mother and family can start the healing process.

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      14. the real truth is already present people.

        The police need to lock up the half sister and the ex-boy friend. they know way more then what their leading us to believe.

        Phylcia Barnes walked up on a situation. my question is why did her half sister and ex-boyfriend break up if there is no reason of foul play. plus, why was PHYLICIA BARNES NOT STAYING WITH HER FATHER AT HIS HOUSE? Something is extremely wrong with this picture ya’ll.

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  11. of course we only heard so little about this case because she was not a “all American girl or a little pale white girl with blue eyes those cases get the most attention …such a sad ending ..

    R.I.P beautiful

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      1. @Cameo & Lisa,
        This is so sad. I pray for the family. I hate how when a black person goes missing you hear nothing unless on Tom Joyner or you live in the area. We as black people need to start looking out for each other because no one else will

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      2. Cameo, Lisa and Acq.,

        Not enough attention goes into missing minorities…period. Im from the Atlantic City area where a 19yr old woman was just found in a river after being missing for nearly a month. The details of her murder are stomach turning. So sad to hear this stuff. Our community is in such great mourning right now. Lord, help our youth to see and understand the importance of LIFE! rest in peace to all who have had their lives maliciously taken too soon!

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      3. Nancy Grace, on her show talkin bout how her show was “on the story” from the beginning. Bytch please!! The Chief of Police said they contacted the Nancy Grace show and their appearance was cancelled, when this first happened.

        Bottom line the media and this country is obsessed with the plight of white women and kids, if you’re a blonde with blue eyes, hell that’s news jackpot. If your black they don’t give a shyt about you, we need to care of our own.

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      4. This is a tragedy, no doubt. But why on earth does it have to turn into yet ANOTHER racial thing? Any time anything happens to a black person, it is racist. Any time something happens to a homosexual, it is a hate crime. People are people. Make a good name for yourself and do good, positive things. Stop carrying hate, because it gets you nowhere. Let’s not talk about blacks killing blacks, blacks raping blacks, etc. You do terrible things to your own as well, take some responsibility for that. A black girl went missing, and because it is MONTHS later, you say it’s because of missing white women grabbing headlines. WHAT?

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      5. @ angelhair, one has absolutely nothing to do with the other…. there are so many missing black women and children that go un-reported by the media and YES it has everything to do with race.

        look how many years later and they are still talking about natalie halloway!!! I have only heard about phylica barnes missing once and the blonde college girl missing in kentucky or tennesse has been all over nancy grace and hln news.

        so you figure it out boo!! racism is alive and well but instead of black ppl being hung and killed by white ppl white ppl are using there positions of power and “authority” to kill us!!!!

        same thing just a different day and time.

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  12. After a couple of months I gave up hope that she would be found alive. At least the parents have closure..now she can be buried…so sad

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  13. I remember this story Tracy. I even linked her facebook page on mine in hopes of the story getting more coverage. I hope they find whoever did this and I pray for the family. RIP babygirl.

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  14. I gasped when I read the headline.
    She’s so beautiful, full of life and to be snuffed out like a lost flame is truly heartbreaking.
    I hope she R.I.P

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  15. wow so upsetting I kept my eye on this case, my thoughts and prayers are with the family, hope this get’s solved along with the Mitrice Richardson case.

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    1. my prayers are with the family also, hey @Gabby, i remember the Mitrice Richardson case so sad… many people seem to believe the cops had something to do with it too many grieving families smh.

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  16. Oh this is too sad.
    There’s a lot of holes in this story.
    I hope they find out what happened to her. R.I.P.

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    1. I was praying for her safe return..be blessed young soul.. R.I.P.
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      Me2, and when I saw this on the news last night my heart sanked. I was truly hoping she’d be found safe. RIP….She was such a pretty girl.

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      1. I was praying for her safe return..be blessed young soul.. R.I.P.
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        Me2, and when I saw this on the news last night my heart sanked. I was truly hoping she’d be found safe. RIP….She was such a pretty girl.
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        I think that we all hoped she would be found alive, we all grieve with them, you are not alone.

        My heart breaks for Phylicia and her family. She was such a beautiful young women with so much potential. As a mother, I can not come close to imagining the sadness that her family is feeling. I pray for them all and that they find solice in the fact that Phylicia has been found and that she is being brought home.

        I pray that the police are able to bring closure to this for them and figure out this tragic mystery.

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      2. Exactly@Sally,
        Prayers and sincerest sympathy for both the family and friends. Also for the investigators and searchers who passionately looked and never gave up. Until they found her there was always the slightest hope she would be found alive.

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  17. RIP- I hope she didn’t suffer too much and that her family find peace. Justice still needs to be served so I hope they find her killer

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  18. My condolences to Phylicia Barnes’ loved ones. This is such a tragedy. I pray that the culprit receives the maximum punishment! Dead or alive!!!

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  19. I pray for the family of our young sister who was taken too soon. I pray for justice for her murder. In Jesus name, amen.

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  20. This is so sad like what is this world coming to. I have been keeping up with this story and prayed she would return home safe I didn’t know her but I felt sad for her mom and something like this just hit close to home when they found a 19 yr old girl whom have been missing for three weeks after being abducted from her cousins house. They found her in a river in philly…. Its just sad how can ppl even stomach shit like this knowing they just messed up an entire family and community. I pray for both girls familys. May they rip and I wish hell on the sick bastards that hurt these girls……

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  21. Good Morning all.

    In spite of the sadness felt amongst us in this post, I pray you all have a happy and safe Easter weekend!

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    1. In spite of the sadness felt amongst us in this post, I pray you all have a happy and safe Easter weekend!
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      you too *smooches*

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      1. Hey Ceo people.

        This is so sad isn’t it?!

        How could anyone sleep @nite knowing they just dumped the body of another human being in the river just like it was nothing but a piece of paper.

        Jesus have mercy!!!!

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      2. How could anyone sleep @nite knowing they just dumped the body of another human being in the river just like it was nothing but a piece of paper.
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        a 16 year old baby at that 😦

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      3. Afternoon Ceo Family,

        something just does not add up with this story. why would any parent in their right mind allow their 16 yr. old daughter so much freedom?

        WTF was her mother thinking when she allowed her daughter to visit her half sister in Baltimore? Where the fuck was the father? And why didn’t she stay with him? Seems like he was not on his job as a parent. It’s bad enough that he didn’t raise her. so you mean telling us that he didn’t wanna be bothered because she is going on 17?

        WTF? This story is all kinds of wrong!

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  22. I prayed that she would come home safe and sound. Now I’m just really sad. :_-(

    Rest In Peace Little Sista…

    Your beautiful smile is shining all over heaven!

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  23. This is just so sad and unfortunate. Now we will never know what she could have contributed to this world.

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  24. Truly devastatin­g!

    An honor student who by all accounts had everything going for her…this just breaks my heart.

    Condolence­s to her family. R.I.P. Phylicia.

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  25. Rest in peace Phylicia and to the other person and God Bless the families. I hope the police finds the person or people involved ASAP.

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  26. Sounds to me like she was killed elsewhere (probably in Baltmore City), then dumped in the river later. The only people that know for sure at this point are Phylicia and her killer(s). smh..sad man just sad.

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  27. The whole damm story don’t make since if you ask me.. First thing what kind of mother are you to leave your daughter with strangers?? yeah that’s her family but she didn’t no them people.. In it’s so clear who did it how about they do a lie test.. The ex boyfriend thing don’t sit right with me.. he was the last to see her and one story i read he even answered her phone.. now which statement is true she went to get a bite to eat or she was sleep?? he did it that’s that get a lie test done and put his ass in jail.. He hires an attorney for what if you didn’t do anything wrong?? also if she was there with family why would she be sleep why she didn’t visit another family while her sister was at work?? the father wasn’t in her life but why now he act like he cares when he wasn’t there for her when she was alive?? all fingers point to the ex as being the one who killed her.. another innocent person gone r.i.p phylicia barns and nadirah ruffin..

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