- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The bodies of a man and a woman kidnapped over the weekend were found Monday inside an abandoned house.

The bodies of Fitzgerald Phillips and Calyisse Perkins, both 19, were found at about 1:30 p.m. in the Gert Town section of the city after police received an anonymous tip, Deputy Police Supt. Marlon Defillo said. The two were students at Southern University at New Orleans.

About 20 police recruits had been searching before the tip was received. Police did not say immediately how the victims died. A cadaver dog alerted officers of the bodies.

Police said the victims were in Perkins’ apartment when two men got inside, ransacked the residence and forced them to go to Phillips’ house where more was stolen. According to investigators, Phillips’ family later received a ransom call. A car owned by Phillips was found Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.

Police arrested a man early Monday in connection with the case after picking up six people who had been in the area where the car was found. Kenneth Barnes, 22, was booked with aggravated kidnapping, possession of stolen things and other crimes after investigators discovered property belonging to the victims, Defillo said.

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