Phylicia Barnes latest: Police search well for missing NC teen (videos)
A tip led investigators in the case of missing North Carolina teenager, Phylicia Barnes, to search a well in Southwest Baltimore Friday.
The well is located in the 400 block of North Bend Road and is on the property of a vacant home with a back shed.
A neighbor told ABC 2 News “There was lots of them, parked all over everywhere. Every fire department, every FBI, cops everything.”
According to the report, the deep well searched is located inside the shed.
“We drained that well, about 20 feet of water, put some video equipment down there and it was determined that the tip was unfounded,” police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told ABC 2.
Phylicia, who turned 17 on January 12, went missing on December 28, while visiting her college-age half-sister in Baltimore. According to police, she had gone out at around 1:30 p.m. to grab a bite to eat and possibly get a hair cut.
Authorities have stated they believe she was abducted. Phylicia’s cell phone is off, she hasn’t used her debit card, and she has not updated her Facebook page, since her disappearance.
Phylicia is an honor student at a charter school and was set to graduate a year early due to her stellar academic record.
To see additional photos of Phylicia, click here.
Despite the dead end with the well, law enforcement is dedicated to investigating every viable lead unless proven otherwise.
Guglielmi said “What we are really focusing on is the timeline. Making sure every second of Phylicia’s whereabouts on December 28 is accounted for. Any inconsistency or a hole in the story, we’re poking those hard.”
To see two video reports regarding the search for Phylicia, click on the player to the left of this article, or click here.
Phylicia is described as a black female, 5-foot-8 and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a navy blue hooded pea coat, a turquoise thermal shirt, blue jeans, and white slipper boots. Anyone with information regarding her disappearance is urged to call a toll-free 24-hour tip line at 855-223-0033.
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