Missing Teen's Dad on Arrest: "I Can Rest Better Now"

Michael Johnson charged in Phylicia Barnes' death

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    Phylicia Barnes

    The father of a North Carolina teenager whose body was found in a Maryland river months after her 2010 disappearance says that he can rest better now that there has been an arrest in the case.

    Baltimore police told The Associated Press early Thursday that Michael Johnson had been arrested in the death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, of Monroe, N.C.

    The Phylicia Barnes Mystery's Just Beginning

    [DC] The Phylicia Barnes Mystery's Just Beginning
    Police are trying to figure out how a teen visiting family in Baltimore wound up dead in the Susquehanna River, and whether a man's body found in the same area is connected. (Published Friday, Apr 22, 2011)

    Prosecutors and investigators are expected to release more information, including the charges Johnson faces, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

    Barnes' father, Russell, said Johnson was in the process of breaking up with the teen's older half-sister around the time of the teen's disappearance and he was the last person to see the teen alive. He said Johnson was someone the family trusted, but his behavior after the teen vanished made them suspicious.

    Missing Teen's Body Found

    [DC] Missing Teen's Body Found
    The body of a missing 16-year-old North Carolina girl was found in a river near Baltimore Thursday. (Published Thursday, Apr 21, 2011)

    Barnes' body was found a year ago in the Susquehanna River by workers at the Conowingo Dam.

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more information.