Updated: 6:13 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011 | Posted: 10:21 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011
Police Have A New Plan To Search For Phylicia Barnes
Seventeen-year-old Phylicia Barnes disappeared in Baltimore three months ago Monday, and Baltimore police are sharing details about a new plan already in place to try and find her.
Barnes is a senior at Union Academy in Monroe. She was visiting her sister in Baltimore over Christmas break when she vanished.
Baltimore police found drugs and alcohol in the residence, and say several men had been in and out of the apartment. Police said there is no physical evidence in the case, and no more leads to investigate.
Phylicia Barnes' photo will be featured on Red Plum's coupon circulars this week, which are put in newspapers around the country. Baltimore police are hopeful it could bring new exposure to the case.
"Getting Phylicia's picture out there and her story to as many people as possible who can see it only will help detectives. It's really what's going to break this case open. Because thus far, we have no physical evidence, no solid leads that have been able to point us in a certain direction," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
A new police search is planned for early April, and detectives said it could be one of the most extensive searches since they were handed the case three months ago.
"I ask god to lead the detectives and law enforcement to the right direction to where she's at," said Phylicia's mother, Janice Sallis.
Police said the search will involve Baltimore police officers, the Maryland state police, and the FBI. Police aren't revealing the location of the search, but say it's a heavily wooded area in metro Baltimore. Officers said there's no evidence leading them to the location, adding it's an important area to search based on the experience of homicide detectives.
Police believe Barnes was either murdered, or has been abducted, and perhaps taken out of the state of Maryland.
"It's devastating. It's an ongoing, agonizing devastation," said Janice Sallis.
Dozens of Barnes's friends and classmates posted on her Facebook page Sunday evening.
Baltimore police have already investigated more than 80 leads in this case. Six police detectives, a sergeant, and a lieutenant are assigned to the case in Baltimore. The total reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction is more than $35,000.