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Memorials mark one year since teen’s disappearance

BALTIMORE (AP) — Friends and family in Maryland and North Carolina are marking one year since the disappearance of a teen who was later found dead.

Sixteen-year-old Phylicia Barnes of Monroe disappeared from a relative’s apartment in Baltimore on Dec. 28, 2010. In April, workers at the Conowingo Dam spotted her body in the Susquehanna River, about an hour’s drive north of the city.

Barnes’s death was ruled a homicide, but the cause of death was not released. State police said last week that investigators have made progress, but no one has been charged in the case.

Family and friends plan a rally for Barnes and other missing people at a Baltimore church on Wednesday night. The school Barnes attended in North Carolina is marking the anniversary by planting a memorial garden.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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