Arrest made in Phylicia Barnes case

Suspect is Michael Johnson

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore City Police Department says an arrest has been made in the death of Phylicia Barnes, the North Carolina 16-year-old who disappeared in December of 2010 after visiting her family in Baltimore City.

ABC2 News investigative reporter, Brian Kuebler, and ABC2 News photographer, Pete O'Neal, broke the story shortly after midnight.

Baltimore City Police officials confirmed that officers had arrested suspect, Michael Johnson, around 11:30pm Wednesday night. Johnson is in custody on first degree murder charges.


INTERACTIVE | Timeline of Barnes' case

Johnson is the ex-boyfriend of Barnes' older sister. Police say he was the last person to see the 16 year old teen alive. 

Barnes' body was found four months after her disappearance in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam in Cecil County. Her death was ruled a homicide.

She had been visiting Baltimore during the Christmas holidays from North Carolina to see her family.

City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein provided no new details in the case.

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