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Barr a suspect in second case

Gregory Crofton

Robert Barr went to Missouri to ask his wife’s brother for money before he drove back to the lake and turned up dead from an apparent suicide.

Barr and his wife, Rebecca, stayed at Horizon Casino Resort for several nights in late March. The trip was seen in a different light after a hiker discovered Rebecca dead in a wooded area near Fallen Leaf Lake March 26.

The Barrs came to South Shore on a whim. They did not tell family members about the trip. When they left, their home and car were in foreclosure, and Robert, 57, knew he was suffering from terminal lung cancer.

In Portland, where the Barrs had lived as a couple for several years, Robert tried to start a construction business. Before his marriage to Rebecca, he served time in prison for robbery and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

He is a suspect in the disappearance of his former girlfriend. That missing person case is being handled by Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Johnston said the Douglas detectives are anxious to receive the final autopsy report of Robert Barr. Johnston said the detectives may pin the murder of the missing woman on Barr.

Barr is also a prime suspect in Rebecca’s murder. A final autopsy stated she had abrasions on her body that might indicate she was dragged to the remote spot, Johnston said.

At some point, presumably after his wife was killed in March, Barr left South Shore for Missouri. Before he left town he pawned several construction tools at two pawn shops. In Missouri, Rebecca’s brother did not give Robert any money, Johnston said.

He got back sometime before April 23. That’s when three boys in a canoe found Robert’s body floating in several feet of water near the edge of the Tahoe Keys lagoon. Seventeen days earlier the couple’s champagne Chevrolet Malibu was found parked at 1579 Venice Drive. Robert’s body was found several hundred yards from the car.

A police diver pulled a semi-automatic pistol from water near his body. An initial autopsy indicated Robert Barr died from a bullet to the brain that entered behind his left ear. A toxicology test showed a small amount of alcohol in his system when he died.

Rebecca Barr died at 45 years of age. She had three sons from a previous marriage, all of whom are grown. Johnston said she was a very organized woman who liked arts and crafts.

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