Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
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.
Lindsey's blood was discovered on Lambert's clothing at a residence he owned in Miami, the sheriff said, and “we were in the process of getting ready to go to Miami to serve (an) arrest warrant on him when (Lambert's) sister and her boyfriend came out of the residence around 10 o'clock in the morning with – it was obvious to our surveillance people there was a body wrapped in a sheet (that) they were carrying out of the residence.”
After officers from the Miami Police Department and fire rescue personnel identified themselves, they approached the couple, who had lowered the body to the ground, he said.
“There was an attempt to try to revive the individual – our suspect – but it was pretty obvious that he was probably (dead) at the scene.”
Lambert was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Bradshaw said.
“Bottom line, we were going to charge him with first-degree murder, no doubt. He overdosed on some narcotics and that's going to put this case as closed. But there is no doubt that he was the suspect who committed this crime.”
The case “is one of the most heinous cases I've ever seen in a long time … the tragedy here is, not only do these kids not have their mother, they don't have a father,” the sheriff said.
State attorney Dave Aaronberg of the 15th Judicial Circuit reassured county residents that “we continue to live in a very safe community – this was not a random act of violence, this was a brutal murder committed by an ex-husband against his ex-wife.”
Offering condolences to the Lindsey's children, he said he “hope(d) they take some comfort in knowing that an entire community grieves with them and is praying for them.”