Baltimore, MD – While the news and online media clamor to post every damn scrap of news they can get their dirty hands on regarding the disappearance of Holly Bobo, another missing teen we posted about back in January has been found dead. Workers at the Conowingo Dam spotted the body of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes floating in the Susquehanna River around 7:30 Wednesday morning.
Barnes is from Monroe, NC and was visiting her half-sister in Baltimore during Christmas break. She vanished from the Reisterstown Square Apartments on Dec 28 after leaving the apartment to get something to eat. Her last Facebook post said she was at her sister’s apartment with her sister’s boyfriend. By March, police reported they had no leads and had ruled out everyone that had come and gone from the apartment.
Unfortunately for her, she was not a pretty white girl. We can sit and debate why certain missing girls get more media attention than others all day long — is it the media, or is the media just giving the public what it wants — but the fact remains that in the entire time we have been posting stories on this site, nothing ratchets up the Facebook Shares, the comments, the online bloggers, the criminal profilers and the legal talking heads like a perfectly good white girl who has gone missing.
God knows I hype on it in almost every podcast at how aggravated I get when I see Nancy Grace and company, or the online crime bloggers utterly fixated on certain cases for long stretches of time that always involve a missing white girl. I am not sure if they do this because they’re not interested in missing minoritiesmales or if it’s they’re just talking about the stories they know will get them a bigger audience. Neither of the two scenarios sit well with me and I will never shut up about it until I no longer notice a pretty apparent bias in the reporting of certain missing people.
Hell, I’m surprised ABC even brought it up seeing as they have about nine stories dedicated to Barnes, who has been missing since January, compared to the 25+ stories on Bobo who went missing last week. How in the hell did I get on this soap box? Ahem, anyway, even more distressing is the fact she wasn’t the only body discovered in the river. A few hours after locating Barnes’ body, investigators discovered the body of a man floating three or four miles away. He has not been identified.Tags: Baltimore, Crime, missing murder, North Carolina, Phylicia Barnes, Susquehanna River