PALM BEACH, Fla. — The prime suspect in the slaying of former Jacksonville resident and school nurse Kimberly Lindsey was discovered dead of an apparent drug overdose over the weekend.
In a press conference held Sunday by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Adam Lambert – Lindsey's ex-husband – had been under 24-hour surveillance once the case centering on the school nurse who had been reported missing Oct. 28 shifted from 'missing person under suspicious circumstances' to a homicide investigation.
“Obviously, the biggest part came when the body was found in Hendry County, and once it was determined that it was our missing person, that's when the rest of the investigation really kicked into high gear,” Bradshaw said, adding that “the focus pretty quickly shifted over to the ex-husband for a lot of reasons that will be explained in the probable cause.”
The West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV reported Sunday that Lindsey – a former Jacksonville resident who graduated from JISD in 1982 – and Lambert were divorced earlier this year and were presently engaged in a court struggle centering around child support and alimony issues.
The couple has three daughters, according to a Miami news outlet: Sarah, 20, Sofia, age 18 and Savannah, 16.
According to a report filed Sunday on the site, miami.cbslocal.com, “Kimberly Lindsey’s body was found Wednesday in a Hendry County sugar cane field … (she) appears to have been attacked and killed Oct. 27 inside her home in Palm Beach Country Estates.”
Her body was later located in Hendry County along State Road 80, the report added.
During the Sunday press conference, Bradshaw described the partnership among several law enforcement agencies as what helped solved the case so quickly.
“I cannot tell you the value of the crime scene investigation and the lab investigation in this – it really, at the end of the day, turned out to be the determining factor in how we were going to prove this thing,” he said, describing a team that involved more than 50 members from various agencies.