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Posted on: February 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Missing Persons / Homicide



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Missing Persons / Homicide
Station Area:North Palm Springs
Written Date:February 20, 2021Time:11:45 AM
Incident Date:February 18, 2021Time:5:00 AM
Incident Location:64000 Block of Vermillion Rd., North Palm Springs
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Rick Espinoza, Central Homicide Unit
File Number(s):O210490006

David Williams


On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 2:49 AM, law enforcement personnel responded to a desert area north of Varner Rd. and west of Palm Dr. reference the discovery of human remains. Riverside County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators and investigators from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded and processed the scene. The decedent was identified as the elderly female missing in this investigation, Robin Barr. This is an active investigation and no additional details are currently available.


This case is now being investigated as a homicide. Investigators arrested David Williams Jr., 27 years old out of North Palm Springs. The victim’s remains have not been recovered as of yet and this investigation is continuing. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information related to this case to please contact Central Homicide Investigator Joshua Manjarrez at (760) 393-3530 or (951) 955-2777.


On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Investigators from the Palm Desert Station were investigating a suspicious circumstance call in the 64000 Block of Vermillion Rd. in North Palm Springs. Due to the nature of the circumstances, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

During the course of this investigation, it was discovered that an elderly female was missing. The name of this female is Robin Patricia Barr, 65 years of age out of North Palm Springs.

If anyone has any information as to her whereabouts, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages you to contact Central Homicide Investigator Joshua Manjarrez at (760) 393-3530 or (951) 955-2777.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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