Search for Missing Teen Reaches Howard County
Police, FBI agents, volunteers and dogs searched for Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teen who went missing from the Baltimore area in December.
As reported in the Baltimore Sun, hundreds of police officers and volunteers this morning started the second search effort for Phylicia Barnes, who went missing in December after visiting a relative in Baltimore, at Patapsco Valley State Park.
Investigators have said they do not have any reliable tips that provide a particular location for the girl’s whereabouts, but have “actionable intelligence” which led them to the park.
The Sun reports the search started near Ilchester Road, south of Ellicott City and Catonsville, because investigators "identified this as an area of interest. It was associated with one of the people of interest we talked to, one of the 30 people who last saw Phylicia."
An initial search in the area occurred earlier in the year, but a police spokesperson told reporters this morning that it was inhibited by snow and frozen ground.
Among the last people to see Barnes are her half-sister, who she was visiting, and an ex-boyfriend of the half-sister.
Howard County Police officials were not able to respond in time for publication of this article, as to any involvement or specific contributions the department has had in the investigation.