WEST PALM BEACH — The former husband of a South Florida school nurse whose body was found in a sugar cane field would have been charged in her death, authorities said Sunday.
But Albert Lambert was found dead of a drug overdose at a residence he owned in Miami. Kimberly Lindsey's blood was found on his clothing, authorities told the Palm Beach Post.
"The bottom line is, we were going to charge him with first-degree murder, no doubt," Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.
Lindsey's West Palm Beach school reported her missing early last week. Her body was found days later in Hendry County by maintenance workers.
A cause of death has not been released. According to a probable cause affidavit, Lindsey's body was missing its head and fingertips when it was found in a canal, and a bullet was removed from her chest during an autopsy.
The Sheriff's Office said Saturday that there had been a violent confrontation at Lindsey's Palm Beach Gardens home, "after which the body was removed and taken to the remote area where it was discovered."
Bradshaw said his office put Lambert under 24-hour surveillance after Lindsey's body was found and the missing person case became a homicide investigation. The U.S. Marshal's Office and 25 detectives worked on the case, he said.
Lindsey, 49, and Lambert, 52, divorced in February, but tensions continued through a child-support hearing last week, authorities said.
The couple had three daughters, ages 16, 18 and 20.
Lindsey was last seen about a week ago.