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Phylicia Barnes went missing year ago today

Family and friends are having a vigil tonight for Phylicia Barnes, the North Carolina teenager who went missing a year ago today, and whose killing remains unsolved. Her body was found in April in the Susquehanna River.

The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brown's Memorial Baptist Church at 3215 West Belvedere Avenue in Baltimore. Here's a report from Channel 2 with more details. Earlier this week, The Sun's Justin Fenton included the Barnes story in the top 10 for this year.

Maryland State Police have taken over the investigation, which at one time was one of the largest and most complex missing persons cases for the Baltimore Police Department. Last week, state police issued a statement on the Barnes case:

"No charges have been filed or arrests made in connection with the murder of Phylicia Barnes.  Investigators have worked the case continually and progress has been made, although making the details of that progress public at this time could hinder the outcome of the investigation. The work of investigators has included re-interviewing family and friends, reviewing evidence, searching for and analyzing additional evidence, and conducting forensic examinations. Investigators have continued to work with the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office and have kept officials there updated on the investigation."

Read more details from state police, including numbers to call with tips.


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