“Day two, day three, when we were putting information out about Phylicia’s disappearance, we were talking about birds falling out of the sky in Arkansas and fish coming up dead in Maryland’s harbor,” Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department told CNN. “And this girl’s in danger. And she needs help. And it was very frustrating for my office to see an anemic response from our national media partners.”
Guglielmi told CNN that he and and the commander of the homicide unit had been prepared to go on CNN’s Nancy Grace but were bumped for an hour-long report on a missing Texas cheerleader.
Barnes was last seen around 1:30 p.m. the afternoon of December 28th, leaving the northwest Baltimore apartment of her stepsister, Deena Barnes. Dec. 28. Phylicia, who is from Monroe, N.C. had been spending the Christmas holidays with her stepsister.