Female Body Found in Susquehanna River Wednesday is Teen Missing from Baltimore

Phylicia Barnes identified as one of two bodies pulled from Susquehanna River on Wednesday.

The female body discovered in the Susquehanna River on Wednesday morning is that of Phylicia Barnes, the 16-year-old missing from Baltimore since Dec. 28, authorities said.

The body was found just north of the Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side of the river. An unidentified male body was found three to four miles south of the dam, which is approximately 10 miles north of Havre de Grace, where the Susquehanna empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department scheduled a briefing on the investigation for Thursday night at State Police Headquarters in Pikesville.

As of Wednesday night, the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was leading the investigation into both discoveries. Both bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.

Patch the recovery of a body Wednesday afternoon. A news release Wednesday night confirmed the discovery of two bodies in the river.

Barnes was from Monroe, NC, and was visiting her half-sister when she went missing from Northwest Baltimore three days after Christmas. Police have had few clues to work with.

The identity of the male remains unknown.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, troopers crossing the Conowingo Dam via U.S. Route 1 were stopped by workers on the dam. The workers reported having seen what they thought was a body in the river near the Harford County side of the dam. Around 10 a.m., Natural Resources Police recovered the body of a woman, which was taken to the Glen Cove Marina for examination before being transported to Baltimore.

While investigating the first recovery, officials were alerted to a second body seen in the water just before 2 p.m. Boaters south of the dam found the body of a man floating in the river. Natural Resources Police recovered the body before turning it over to Maryland State Police.

Police departments in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania were alerted Wednesday.

The Susquehanna River begins in Cooperstown, NY. The Conowingo Dam is the southernmost dam on the Susquehanna River, located a little less than 10 miles north of Havre de Grace. River levels Wednesday indicated no more than 15 of the 53 flood control gates were open.

CASSANDRA April 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM
vanessa April 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM
I think that I can speak for so many people that this story, this child of God had become so well loved, by so many. Many that did not know her, was touched by her. This is so sad. As a mother, I know in time like these, you have to be strong for everyone. Our heart, bleeds withher mom and the Barnes family. As Jesus, said, Let not your heart be trouble. If you believe in God, Believe also in me, And I will bring this killer, forth for doing the greatest sin of all. I will be revealed, keep praying, stay strong, wait on God. He will never turn his back on you, just wait on Him! Wait on your savior. Keep praying, Stay Strong, for God, Loan this world to be touch by this angel. And she really was and Touch the world bybeing so prescious. God Bless and Uphold the Mom and Barnes family...
Wilma SELKOW April 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM
My heartfelt sympathy to her parents and other loved ones. I've prayed for her safe return to her mother's arms and now pray for strength and comfort for those left to grieve. I can't express in words how sorry I am to learn of this tragic conclusion.
Amanda Close April 22, 2011 at 02:10 AM
so sad that it turned out this way, at least her family can get some closure. Good job on the story Sean.
jeff mitchell April 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM
I am so sorry for this little girl and her family. What a sad, sad tragedy. Thank God for all the kind and concerned citizens out there. Our world isn't as bad as the enemy tries to portray it. Yes, good reporting "Patch".
donna April 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM
God bless the Barnes family. I did not know Phylicia but I can honestly say I have come to love her. I have said many a prayer for her. Rest in peace sweetheart. May God bring peace to the family
Annettte April 22, 2011 at 02:38 PM
All the prayers were not in vain. No one would have expected it to turn out to be this way. God will bring justice to the light. To Janice and the entire Barnes family...my prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am from North Carolina and knew people who knew Phylicia. There was great words about her and such an inspiration to her fellow students at Union Academy. She will truly be missed. ONLY God can and will give you the strength for the journey. RIP Phylicia!
Paula Sutton April 22, 2011 at 03:12 PM
JT April 22, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I too am saddend by this news. She was a young girl with a lot of promise. My sympathies and condolences to her family. And to the young man that was also found nearby. Yesterday was a sad day for many.
Amber Woods April 22, 2011 at 03:48 PM
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kisha April 22, 2011 at 03:55 PM
sooo glad dat comment was deleted cuz it was so rude to say such a thing!!
cathy April 23, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Im so sorry for your loss, I never would have thought that it would come to this, my heart cries out to the mother, I watch this story on a news special and I cried then, fell to my knees asking God, to keep this child, return her to her family, again Im truly sorry for your loss, may God lift this heavy burden that the mother is carrying on her heart, that your soul and spirit remain peaceful, you remember all the beautiful things that you and your daughter share, therefore your memories of her will remain in your visions at all times, this will keep u uplifted and happy, may god continue to keep you, blessings!
Angelia Gibbs April 23, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I have been following this story for some time now. All I could do is cry, I felt like I knew her. Such a tragedy. I cant sit here and say I know what her mother and family are going thru because I dont. You dont know how it feels to loose a child untill you have lost one. But as a mother of 5 my heart bleeds for you Ms.Sallis and family. I didnt know her but I will never ever forget this beautiful angel that left this world way too soon. Stay strong and may god bless and keep you in his arms.
Angelia Gibbs April 23, 2011 at 08:40 PM
That was such a beautiful comment it brought tears to my eyes when you said you prayed for her safe return to her mothers arms. I just melted. I tell you as a mother of 5 and two of them being teenage boys thats taking me thru holy hell right now. Kids just dont realize how very blessed they are to live and see another day. Very comforting words.
Carolyn April 28, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I also been following this story. Phylicia was such a beautiful girl with such a promising future. I send prayers to her family and may God soothe the heart of her hurting parents and family. I know the feeling my brother was murdered and no one was ever caught. I pray that God will reveal this for your family. Phylicia is with her Father in Heaven where she will remain for an Eternity. The family must rely on God and grow closer to him so that you too will be recipients of his love. Phylicia didnt say goodbbye, because its not goodbye. She just stepped into eternity. And the next time you see her beautiful smiling face it will be forever, where there is no end of time and where no evil or devil will be able to pluck her from your hands again. Stay prayed up family and hold on to God's promises. If He said it, It shall be, and shall surely come to pass. God said vengence is His. And that no evil deed shall go un-noticed. He will repay! If i can be of any assistance to this family in anyway, or if i can be a part of your healing process please contact me. Chaplain Carolyn McCLain Evans@Facebook.com I became a Chaplain to help others just like this after my own family suffered. Use me.
samantha May 12, 2011 at 04:44 PM
i am very sorry to read and hear what happened to that beautiful young woman... but it seems like god needed her a lot more than we did down here. she is now in her heavenly fathers hands a ok and she will truly be missed.


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