Victim’s husband sought
Four investigators from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department are in Oregon trying to track down the 57-year-old husband of a woman found dead near Fallen Leaf Lake.
Investigators said Rebecca Ellen Barr, a 45-year-old from Portland, Ore., was led into a heavily wooded area and shot to death the weekend of March 25.
Her body was found by a South Lake Tahoe resident the afternoon of March 26. She was wearing a gray and white-pinstriped pant suit with a matching jacket and vest and one black high-heeled shoe.
Rebecca was married to Robert Douglas Barr for several years before they abruptly left Portland for Lake Tahoe. It is unclear why they were visiting the area, said Sgt. Bob Johnston.
Rebecca Barr has three sons, age 23, 20 and 19, from a previous marriage. Johnston said family members were not informed of the couple’s trip before it happened.
Barr was identified through a missing person’s Teletype system about a week after her body was found. On April 6 the car she and her husband rented in Portland was found parked in a driveway of a Tahoe Keys home. The owner of the home, who had come to town to vacation, was the first to report the car to investigators. Johnston has said no solid leads have come from the discovery of the champagne-colored Chevrolet Malibu.
Robert Barr is 6-feet tall, weighs 180 pounds and is bald with white hair on the sides of his head. He also has a neatly trimmed beard, blue eyes, wears round eyeglasses and likes to wear hats.
Oregon Department of Corrections said that in May 1996 Barr was convicted of being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm and robbery. He has served time in two of Oregon’s minimum-security prisons for those offenses. It is unknown what earlier crime he committed.
Johnston said it’s not unheard of for investigators leave the state on a case.
“You can’t budget for these types of situations,” he said, “but on a homicide case or a major crime case, yeah we do this kind of stuff.”
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 or Sgt. Bob Johnston at (530) 573-3017.
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