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Police seek husband of victim

Gregory Crofton

Another clue has emerged in the puzzling murder of a 45-year-old woman discovered shot to death March 26 near Fallen Leaf Lake.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has reported that a champagne-colored Chevrolet Malibu was found abandoned Friday night outside a vacation home in the Tahoe Keys. The four-door car was rented from an Enterprise-Rent-A-Car in Oregon by the victim, Rebecca Ellen Barr, and her husband, Robert Barr.

“The owner of the home got back and reported it . . . it had been abandoned in that driveway,” said Sgt. Bob Johnston. “We spent time canvassing the area but didn’t get any solid information. I don’t know what it means at this point.”

The Barrs, residents of Portland, Ore., had been married for several years. Rebecca Ellen Barr had three children, all from a previous marriage. Johnston said law enforcement in Oregon did not have record of any problems between the couple.

“We believe they (the Barrs) have visited Tahoe before but we don’t know why they were here this time,” Johnston said. “We’ve gotten conflicting information. We haven’t been able to establish a reason for their visit.”

Rebecca’s body was found in a heavily wooded area near Fallen Leaf Lake by a South Lake Tahoe resident out hiking and looking for a place to fish.

Investigators believe she was lead into the woods and shot at close range sometime during the weekend of March 25. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is trying to find Robert Barr, a man in his 50s, who had been married to Rebecca for several years.

“We no idea where Barr is, but we’d like to talk to him,” Johnston said.

Rebecca Barr was found wearing one black high-heeled shoe, a gray-and-white-pinstripe pantsuit and a gold wedding ring on her left ring finger.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Tom Hoagland at (530) 642-4717, or Detective Paul Moschini at (530) 642-4719, Detective Pat Tener at (530) 573-3013, or Detective Steve Fleischmann at (530) 573-3015, or Sgt. Johnston at (530) 573-3017.

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