Updated: 12:57 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Posted: 12:54 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011
Fundraiser, Search In Phylicia Barnes Disappearance
MONROE, N.C. —
As a massive search for a missing Monroe teenager got underway hundreds of miles away Saturday, friends and classmates started a local effort to raise money to buy a class gift to honor her.
Police, federal agents and Maryland state officers were conducting their largest search yet for Phylicia Barnes in Patapsco Valley State Park. The park is west of Baltimore, where Barnes was last seen while visiting family in December. Police said they identified the park as a place to search after interviewing persons of interest in the case. More than two dozen people have been interviewed, and cleared, in Barnes' disappearance.
Also Saturday, volunteers in Baltimore canvassed there neighborhood near the apartment where Barnes was staying. They passed out flyers with information about her disapperance.
In Monroe, Barnes' friends and classmates held a carinval to raise money to buy a senior gift in her honor. They hoped a tree or bench outside Union Academy would remind everyone about her disappearance. The spring carnival was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a drumline fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. at the school on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Monroe. Tickets for the drumline event were $5.