‘Peas in Their Pods’ Hosts Lend a Hand in Case of Missing Teen Phylicia Barnes, Reports The Baltimore Sun

It’s an all-too-familiar story that, unfortunately, rarely gets the media attention it deserves: Every 40 seconds, a child is reported missing, and nearly 50 percent of them are African American.

But thanks to Gaétane Borders and Janice Lowery, communities throughout America have a broadcast outlet that focuses solely on helping the parents of those children bring them home safely.

Phylicia: Praying for her safe return.

Phylicia: Praying for her safe return.

As hosts of BlogTalkRadio’s Peas in Their Pods, Gaétane and Janice have been taking to the airwaves each week since November 2007 to disseminate and gather information on cases of missing kids of color, while also helping prevent child abuse.

Among their latest efforts has been bringing attention to the case of Phylicia Barnes, a 17-year-old honors student and track star from North Carolina who was in Baltimore visiting relatives when she suddenly disappeared on the afternoon of Dec. 28.

“Phylicia’s siblings—Deena, Kelly and Brian—spoke for nearly 90 minutes on an Internet radio site called blogtalkradio.com,” reports The Baltimore Sun. “The show, Peas in Their Pods, is designed to call attention to minorities who are missing but not showcased by the traditional media.

“On the show, Deena, a pharmacy technician studying to be a midwife, said she met her half sister about 10 years ago at a family reunion in Baltimore. They reconnected two years ago on Facebook, and Phylicia visited Baltimore several times.

CAPTION: "We don't take the place of Amber Alerts," says Gaétane. "We simply pick up where that system leaves off."

"We don't take the place of Amber Alerts," says Gaétane. "We simply pick up where that system leaves off."

“Deena said on the Internet show that the people who had keys to the apartment were her, her ex-boyfriend, who was in the process of moving out, and the ex-boyfriend’s young cousin,” the paper adds of the special edition of Peas in Their Pods, which aired Jan. 18.

“On Friday, Phylicia’s charter school in North Carolina, Union Academy, announced a $25,000 reward, money raised from an auction.”

During the family members’ interview, Brian told Gaétane, “There’s a lot of different reports going out and a lot of people have a lot of questions as to what’s going on with my sister’s case. So I thought it would be a good idea for us, the family, to clear up what we know so far and what we have learned.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information about Phylicia’s case to call the tipline as (855)223-0033.

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5 thoughts on “‘Peas in Their Pods’ Hosts Lend a Hand in Case of Missing Teen Phylicia Barnes, Reports The Baltimore Sun

  1. Pingback: Phylicia Barnes | 42 % of Missing Children are African American with Untold Stories

  2. luvmylilangels

    I listened to this interview and it was very good. Thank you Peas in Their Pods for all that you do for our missing children.

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  3. Chai

    Congratulations Peas in Their Pods on a job well done. You deserve the recognition.
    Thank you Janice and Gaetane for all you do for the children left behind. And Thank you Blogtalkradio for featuring Peas in their pods, they are a wonderful organization that is so needed, and making a difference.

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  4. LaFaith

    Dear Peas In Their Pods We Love You Thank You!
    We are praying for the safe return home for Phylicia. Someone out there knows something and sooner or later GOD will bring it to light…GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU!!!

    Reply

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