CARLSBAD, N.M. – A man has been arrested on murder charges after a Dallas area woman's body was found on Tuesday.
The Carlsbad Police Department tells NewsWest 9, 33-year-old Robert Earley from Euless has been arrested and charged with murder, tampering with evidence and fugitive from justice.
We’re told that Earley was Lambert’s boyfriend and he confessed to the murder of Lambert.
As you may recall, NewsWest 9 reported on Tuesday that Lambert’s body was found by officials at 299 Potash Mines Road. According to the press release, Earley gave detectives the location of Lambert’s body.
Earley told officials that on the day of Lambert’s disappearance, Lambert and Early got into a physical confrontation at a hotel in Carlsbad.
During the confrontation, Lambert was knocked unconscious and Earley loaded Lambert into a vehicle and drove out where Lambert’s body was later found. According to the report, when Earley got to the location, Lambert regained consciousness and began fighting with Earley. Earley then struck Lambert with an air pump causing Lambert to lose consciousness again.
Earley then said he used some rope to drag Lambert’s body to where the body was later was found.
New Mexico State Police is still investigating the case and based upon early statements by Earley, there doesn’t appear to be any other suspects involved.
Earley is being held at the Eddy County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.
Officials are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Det. Sgt. Blaine Rennie at (575) 885-2111 ext. 240.
We’re told Lambert was a teacher with the Richardson Independent School District. Richardson ISD posted a message on their Facebook page on Tuesday saying, “We are deeply saddened by the news of the loss of an RISD family member, Emily Lambert, a third grade teacher at O. Henry Elementary. Our condolences to her family, friends, students and coworkers.”