Police Desperately Trying To Find Missing North Carolina Honor Student, Phylicia Barnes, Who Simply Vanished While Visiting Relatives In Baltimore Over Christmas Break [Video]

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(CNN) -- The mother of a missing 17-year-old honor student from North Carolina said she was stunned to learn that "20 different guys" passed through the home where the girl was staying and that the girl was allowed to drink alcohol while visiting family in Baltimore.

Phylicia Barnes of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been missing since December 28 after saying she was going out to get something to eat and maybe a haircut, according to Baltimore police. Maryland State Police and the FBI are also participating in the case.

Authorities have said they fear Barnes may have been harmed or abducted. Barnes left her debit card, and her mother said she has not answered her cell phone.

In an interview with HLN's "Nancy Grace" on Friday, Barnes' mother, Janice Sallis, said she spoke with Barnes' oldest half-sister multiple times before allowing Barnes to go to Baltimore.

"She knows how protective I was as her mother. She wasn't allowed to have a boyfriend," Sallis said. "She didn't have men; we didn't have men coming in and out of our environment."

Sallis said she was "stunned" and "devastated" after learning from one of Barnes' siblings that "there was a listing of 20 different guys going in and out" of where Barnes was staying and that her daughter -- who recently turned 17 -- was allowed to drink alcohol.

A Baltimore police spokesman has said more than 100 Baltimore police, Maryland State Police troopers and FBI agents have been working on the case.

Sallis said she had encouraged Barnes to reach out to her siblings on her father's side of the family.

"I encouraged her to go on Facebook to look for them because she hadn't heard from that side of her family, from her father, in over eight years," Sallis said. "And I, as a mother, didn't want my daughter not knowing who her other side of her DNA is. I didn't want her going from man to man looking for her father in relationships, so I encouraged her to look for her half-sisters online and maybe she could find her father that way because she hadn't heard from him in over eight years."

According to police, Barnes communicated through text messages with her half sister about 12:30 p.m. the day she disappeared. The ex-boyfriend of the half-sister was moving out of the apartment and said he saw Barnes on the couch at about 1:30 p.m., but when he came back to the apartment at about 5:10 p.m., Barnes was not there. The door was reportedly unlocked, and the music in the apartment was extremely loud.

Last week, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony J. Guglielmi said the FBI did a profile on the girl and found no reason she would run away. She is a good student with no emotional disturbances in her life, he said.

"The fact set of this case is different than anything else we've seen," he said.

Sallis made an emotional statement to CNN affiliate WBFF about her daughter.

"I want my daughter back," Sallis said. "She doesn't belong to whoever she's with. She doesn't belong with them. They are not her friends, they are not her family, they don't care anything about her. If they did, she wouldn't be where she's at."

Anyone with information on Barnes' disappearance can call 855-223-0033.


Source:  CNN


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Comment by M.K.J... on January 17, 2011 at 11:12am
Comment by Joel Kawaii on January 17, 2011 at 4:37am
Comment by Betty Williams on January 16, 2011 at 10:55pm
Mom have no emotions I think mom si still in love with her Dad and used her child as a pawn to contact her sista on her daddy side hoping he find out and contact her hot a**!!!!! hope they find babygirl alive!!!! Mom just don't seem right!!! how U send your child to people U don't even know in another city around holiday time!!!! and if your child comes up missing your nerves will be beyond crazy!!!!
Comment by Black O on January 16, 2011 at 6:12pm
sad, hope they find her well and alive
Comment by Chris on January 16, 2011 at 4:25pm
how can you blame the mom when she was in NC at the time. plus ppl saying she was too over protective, but then not protective enough to have her tell every detail when she was away. Make up your mind with that. I'm from bmore and its alot of dirty a** ppl here. They know she left to go to the store around 1:30 and that was the last time anyone heard from her. The crazy thing is she was only had to walk across the street to get some food or a parking lot to go the the mall, but at 1:30 you know someone had to see something
Comment by CIERRA on January 16, 2011 at 3:27pm
so, when something happens to anyone in the world, blame the mamas!!! you little thinkers typing the s*** that the mom is too over protective...well what about dad? what about the small time thinker half sister? what about the dirty person who probably has her right now? oh, no it's not those people's fault it's mom's fault, right! mom wanted her straight a student daughter to know the other side of her family. stupid mom. if it wasn't for her her daughter wouldn't of been the good person she was growing up to be. you know what...blame grandma!! yeah blame all the people who helped take care of this girl. don't blame the people who had something to do with the disappearance, they were only living their crappy lives and then here comes a smart pretty girl who is very vulnerable to the environment, why not have harm done? this girl had it too good, huh. somebody needed to feel better about themselves and corrupt her. and just cuz mom is not mourning her daughter, why should she have to be weak and incoherent for you to be satisfied with her emotions. who said the girl is dead. why would a mother just give up like that. this mother didn't so, now it's her fault, huh? you small time thinkers.
Comment by Ceelo on January 16, 2011 at 1:10pm
i was in bmore wen dis happend
theres a reason they call it bmore careful
Comment by courtney on January 16, 2011 at 11:52am
2many red flags..u so over protected y not keep checking on yo 16 y/o daughter dosent matter if shes with family.and sad the half sister didnt call her mom and let her know what was going on.smh sthats sad,hope she ok.
Comment by Neilsen Ali on January 16, 2011 at 10:35am
Comment by Takyla (Tiki) Robinson on January 16, 2011 at 9:49am
That's sad. I smell foul play. Maybe she left with someone thinking they were cool and okay but only to find out that he wasn't. I hope they find her alive. These girls need to really be careful out here, they need to be more aware of their surroundings and the people that is around wherever they are at!

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