Search for Phylicia Barnes running cold

Vigil to be held Monday night

BALTIMORE - In the last two months Baltimore homicide detectives and the FBI have combed through one hundred and thirty tips, but still no sign of Phylicia Barnes.

Investigators have taken tips from as far away as Washington State and have searched well outside the borders of Baltimore city.

They are simply at a dead end and are taking the opportunity of this two month anniversary of Barnes' disappearance to appeal to the public again.

Right now the police have a special squad of six detectives with a sergeant working the case and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

At the same time though, the tips coming into the Phylicia Barnes hotline are beginning to dwindle.

"They've slowed down," said Homicide Major Terry McLarney, "They are coming in at probably a fraction of what it was a month ago, but after any sort of media coverage there will be a flurry of tips that come in."

And that is obviously the hope today.

In the meantime police are staying proactive and planning another two searches of areas in Baltimore in the coming weeks before the leaves grow back on the trees.

But police say more than likely finding Barnes will depend on at tip.

If you have anything to tell police about this case, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, call the hotline at 855-223-0033

There will be a vigil Monday night to mark the two month anniversary of the date Phylicia disappeared.

It will be at 6:30 at the Reisterstown Square Apartments on Eberle drive.

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