Update: Police Believe Missing NC Teen Was Abducted

1:19 PM, Jan 3, 2011   |    comments
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Baltimore, MD -- A vigil was held this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland for a missing teenager.  

Baltimore police are asking for the public's help in finding 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes. The teenage from Monroe, NC vanished last Tuesday.

She was visiting relatives in northwest Baltimore for the holidays.  She was last seen at an apartment building complex on Eberly Drive.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says detectives believe Barnes may have been abducted, and if so, that her kidnappers might have taken her out of state.

Barnes' family, friends and classmates also gathered in her hometown to pray for her safe return.

Her mother arrived in Baltimore late night. She says her daughter is an honor roll student who would never run away.  

"I know she's traumatized right now. She's scared out of her mind right now. She's a little innocent girl who does not do any wrong to anybody," her mother said.

"This is no runaway. This is no child that's just having a bad day or bad night. We don't feel she's done fell in love cause she's not in that character," the teen's father, Russel Barnes, said. 

Police brought search dogs to the apartment complex where the teen was last seen. but relatives say the dogs lost Phylicia Barnes' scent in the parking lot.  

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