Texas Woman Murdered By Her Boyfriend in Carlsbad

Texas Woman Murdered By Her Boyfriend in Carlsbad

By: Justin Kree

News West 9

CARLSBAD, N.M. - A Texas woman went to Carlsbad to visit her boyfriend. Now her family is mourning her loss after she was murdered.

33-year-old Robert Earley was the boyfriend of Emily Lambert, he first reported her missing Sunday morning. Carlsbad police immediately questioned Earley and named him a person of interest.

"From his statement to the detectives, they were in the Blue Cactus Lounge," Cpt. Jarod Florez with the Carlsbad Police, said

The Blue Cactus Lounge is located in the Best Western Stevens Inn in Carlsbad. Earley was living in the hotel because he was working in the oilfields in Eddy County. An argument started once the two got back to the hotel room and Earley knocked her unconscious.

"He explained that he loaded Ms. Lambert's unconscious body into his silver 2007 Hyundai Elantra and left the hotel," Cpt. Florez said.

Captain Florez told NewsWest 9 that after talking with Earley more that Lambert became conscious and started to fight with Earley. Earley then used an air pump knocking Lambert unconscious again. He then tied a rope to Lambert's neck and drug her unconscious from the car to the location where police discovered the body.

"The suspect actually took us to where the body was located. The body was located yesterday (Tuesday) at about 4:30 p.m.," Florez said.

Earley is being held on a $1 million bond and has been charged with an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and fugitive from justice.  

"The body has actually been taken into the custody by the office of the Medical Investigator and I believe they are going to have to do, what they do, as far as an autopsy to, without a doubt, tell what the cause of death was," Cpt. Florez said. 

There are no other suspects at this time but if you have any information, you're asked to call Carlsbad Police at (575) 885-2111.