CO CO -Gayla Jean Barnes, 34, Colorado Springs , 29 July 1990


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Gayla Jean Barnes

Last seen alive: July 29, 1990

Circumstances: Ms. Barnes was reported missing on July 29, 1990. Ms. Barnes was last seen at 4:00 am on July 29,1990 and indicated she was going to Denver.

First Name: Gayla Jean
Middle Name: Jean
Last Name: Barnes
[h=3]Details[/h] Age When Last Known Alive: 34
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 69.0 to
Weight: 130.0 to
[h=3]Location[/h] City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Zip: 80913
County: El Paso
[h=3]Appearance[/h] Hair: Brown
Eye: Green
[h=3]Clothing and Accessories[/h] Clothing: Blue jeans


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Jun 2, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS — It has been 32 years since Gayla Jean Barnes went missing in 1990. The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is still searching for answers regarding her disappearance.

On July 30, Barnes was reported missing by a family member.

She was last seen around 4 a.m. on July 29 when she had indicated that she was headed to Denver, CO.

Barnes was 34 at the time of her disappearance. She is a white female, approximately 5’9” and 130 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans.

Her vehicle was later recovered by the Aurora Police Department.

Police say, the circumstances surrounding Barnes’ disappearance are considered suspicious.

Despite the passing of time, CSPD Cold Case detectives are still actively working to find answers.

If you have any information about this case, contact CSPD at 719-444-7000.


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May 20, 2021
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What's everyones thoughts on her being Robert Brownes "cowboy lady"?

The following is from official documents released by LE
Colorado Springs, Colorado

On 4/14/05, Your Affiant and Mr. Hess visited Mr. Browne in prison. During this visit, Mr. Hess asked Mr. Browne if he could recall any other cases from the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area. Mr. Browne said some time in the spring or summer, between 1990 and 1994, he had gone to “Cowboy’s Night Club,” where he noticed a white female, about 35 years of age, with bleach blonde hair, about 5’6” to 5’7” tall, and weighing about 120 lbs

He stated she was wearing western style clothing. He recalled she seemed intoxicated and although he said “she was making her rounds,” he stressed she was not a prostitute.

Upon leaving the club that night, he saw this same woman, who has become referred to as “Cowboy Lady,” hitchhiking on Academy Boulevard, north of the Cowboy’s Night Club location (3910 Palmer Park Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado). He stated he stopped and offered her a ride in his red, Ford Ranger pick-up truck.

She wanted to go yet another nightclub which was located just west of the Bennigan’s Bar and Restaurant at Academy Boulevard and North Carefree Boulevard. Mr. Browne said they danced and drank until he offered to take her to his home. She agreed, and they went to his home on Eastonville Road. He explained that his wife at the time was visiting family in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mr. Browne stated upon arriving at his residence, they engaged in sex, and he subsequently strangled her. He said he placed her body in an unused bedroom for about two days. At that time, he wrapped her in plastic and placed her in the back of his truck. He said he drove to a high area off of Gold Camp Road and dumped the body off a cliff. He said he retained the plastic.

He was unable to provide the victim’s name, but he did claim she was from Colorado Springs. Detectives compared these details to Missing Persons reports from the Colorado Springs Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, the Fountain Police Department, and the Manitou Springs Police Department, but were unable to identify a viable case.

Detectives also coordinated with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to compare these details against their records, however no similar case was identified.

On 4/27/05, Your Affiant and Mr. Hess visited Mr. Browne in prison. Mr. Hess asked Mr. Browne if we could discuss the victim from Cowboy’s Nightclub in Colorado Springs. Mr. Browne agreed to do so. Mr. Browne was asked if he knew if this victim had a vehicle. Mr. Browne replied, “She was hitchhiking.” Mr. Browne added he did not recall any discussion of her having a vehicle. He said at the time of the Cowboy Lady, his wife (Diane) was gone. Mr. Browne explained since his home was in a rural location and his wife was gone, he could do whatever he wanted. In the 4/14/05 interview, Mr. Browne suggested he killed Cowboy Lady in the spring between 1990 and 1994. Mr. Browne said he thought he moved into his home on Eastonville Road in 1991. Mr. Browne recalled he owned a red Ford Ranger at the time he killed Cowboy Lady. He had purchased vehicle prior to moving into the mobile home on Eastonville Road.

On 9/10/05, EPSO detectives and Your Affiant teamed with Teller County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) personnel and the EPSO Search & Rescue team to search the 10500 block of Gold Camp Road in Teller County, Colorado, in an effort to find evidence of human remains or artifacts consistent with Mr. Browne’s claims. Your Affiant recovered twelve pieces of boot material which may corroborate Mr. Browne’s claim of disposing of “Cowboy Girl” in or around this area.