CARLSBAD — The body of a Carlsbad woman was found Nov. 25 in a remote location in San Diego County, one day after an extensive search by police, one day after her 34th birthday and the day after she was reported missing.
Kathleen Cary Scharbarth died of strangulation, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Her ex-boyfriend is jailed on kidnapping and murder charges.
Carlsbad Police Chief Gary Morrison held a press conference Nov. 26, before the medical examiner’s identification of Scharbarth was released, and said the department found a body that closely matched the description of Scharbarth: white female adult, 34, 5-feet-5-inches tall, 125 pounds, long blonde hair and blue eyes. He also confirmed the arrest of Scharbarth’s 43-year-old former boyfriend.
“From the first notification of the missing person call Thursday morning, members of the Carlsbad Police Department worked around the clock on a very solid investigation that has resulted in the arrest of suspect Michael David Robles of Fallbrook,” Morrison said.
Robles is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-11-inches tall who weighs 225 pounds.
Robles was booked into the Vista jail and held without bail, according to court records; he was arraigned Nov. 29.
Lt. Paul Mendes, of the Carlsbad Police Department, said that a call was made to police early Thanksgiving morning by Scharbarth’s current boyfriend, who reported that she was missing from her home, the door was discovered unlocked and her 13-year-old daughter was sleeping inside.
Scharbarth had last been seen near her residence at the 3100 block of Via Puerte in Carlsbad, east of Melrose Avenue, on Wednesday night, Nov. 23, according to police.
According to various news reports, Scharbarth had recently filed a restraining order against Robles.
As part of the investigation, police searched the homes of both the victim and Robles, and said several agencies helped out, including the California Department of Justice Division. A trust fund has been set up for Scharbarth’s daughter, who is currently residing with family. The money is to help cover future education costs and living expenses, according to Carlsbad police.
Those who wish to donate to the Madison Scharbarth Fund can contact California Bank and Trust’s Encinitas branch at 135 Saxony Road or call (760) 436-5226.