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Barstow man arrested in 1991 homicide
BARSTOW • A Barstow man was arrested Wednesday for the first degree murder of Teddy Rae Morris, 21 years after the victim disappeared from Barstow.
Robert Gilman, 55, was arrested in San Bernardino on Wednesday morning with a charge of first degree murder, and was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Considered a cold case homicide, the case has been investigated by the Barstow Police Department since 1991.
Witnesses recently came forward with new evidence that implicated Gilman, according to Detective Keith Libby. This information was corroborated with initial 1991 interviews with potential witnesses.
On Thursday, Barstow Police Department detectives contacted Gilman at his home in the 300 block of Barstow Road, according to a Barstow Police Department press release.
Gilman then visited the police station where he was re-interviewed and presented with the new evidence, according to Libby. Because the detectives were not finished gathering evidence at that point, Gilman was allowed to leave.
Following his interview, Gilman admitted himself to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Loma Linda.
Detectives returned to Gilman’s home the next day and were told that Gilman had been “quite upset and went to the hospital,” according to Libby.
Upon his release from the hospital, Gilman was arrested for murder in San Bernardino and brought to Barstow. He is likely to be arraigned within the next 48 hours. With a charge of first degree murder, Gilman could be facing 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted, according to Libby.
At the age of 26, Morris went missing on July 5, 1991. His disappearance was reported to the police on July 26, 1991. His case was originally considered a missing person case, but police soon ruled his disappearance suspicious.
Police believe Morris was abducted by Gilman and others, taken to a remote area and killed, according to the press release. According to Libby, some suspects in the case are deceased.
Morris’ remains have not been discovered.
“We are still working on the case,” Libby says. “We are focused on recovering his remains.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Callers wishing to remain anonymous many contact the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME.