BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland State Police have identified a man whose body was found in the Susquehanna River last week, but say they have not found a link to a missing North Carolina teen whose body was found nearby on the same day.
Police identified the man on Tuesday as Darryl Harper, 53, of Richmond, Va. after matching fingerprints from his body with prints entered in the National Crime Information Center database for missing persons.
Authorities have not yet determined a cause or manner of death for Harper or Phylicia Barnes, whose body was spotted by workers at the Conowingo Dam hours earlier about three miles upstream from Harper's body. It's not clear yet when either died, but they went missing months apart.
Harper's wife reported him missing on April 15 and told investigators she and her husband had moved from a Cockeysville, Md., apartment to Richmond in February and he traveled to their former apartment in early March to collect items, police said.
The last time Harper's wife spoke with him was when he called in mid-March, but a relative in the Harrisburg, Pa., area told her Harper had checked himself into a hospital in East Penn, Pa., on the Susquehanna River, on March 25, seeking help with mental health. Police learned he stayed one night.
Harper's wife told police that her husband had attempted suicide in 2006 and told a relative in March he was going to jump off a bridge.
Barnes, from Monroe, N.C., was 16 when she disappeared Dec. 28 while visiting her older half-siblings for the Christmas holidays. Baltimore police called her disappearance one of the strangest and most vexing missing persons cases they had investigated.
Investigators worked to keep the search for Barnes in the public consciousness, but none of the tips or searches in the region panned out. Their next big lead came when her body turned up in the river, an hour's drive northeast of the apartment where she was last seen.