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Update: Carlsbad Mother Died From Strangulation

Suspect Michael Robles is being held at the Vista Detention Facility.

Updated at 11:09 a.m. with additional details.

The ex-boyfriend of a Carlsbad woman whose body was found in the San Diego County backcountry Friday night will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of kidnapping and murder. 

Michael David Robles, 43, of Fallbrook was arrested in the death of Kathleen Cary Scharbarth, 34, authorities said. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Scharbarth died of strangulation.

Scharbarth, who had a restraining order against Robles, was last seen Wednesday night near her home in the 3100 block of Via Puerta, east of Melrose Drive, according to Carlsbad police. The restraining order was filed Nov. 17.

Robles, picked up Friday, was denied bail and booked into the Vista Detention Facility, pending arraignment scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Detectives searched the homes of Robles—he lives on Baja Vista Drive—and Scharbarth, but whatever evidence might have been recovered was not disclosed. Several agencies were involved in the investigation, including the state Department of Justice.

Scharbarth’s cousin, Robert “Bear” Scharbarth of Leucadia, told the San Diego Union-Tribune his cousin was “always open-hearted to everyone.”

He said she is survived by her daughter, Madison, 13, her parents, Ryan and Virginia Scharbarth, her brother, Michael, and sister, Melissa.

Scharbarth graduated from San Dieguito Academy high school in Encinitas and owned a furniture importing company called Ardanas.

Scharbarth’s current boyfriend had left her home late Wednesday night, then returned on Thanksgiving morning, Scharbarth’s birthday, to have breakfast together, according to broadcast reports. He reportedly found the door to her house open and her 13-year-old daughter asleep inside, then called police to report Scharbarth missing.

Scharbarth’s father said she planned to join the family for Thanksgiving.

—City News Service

Heather Zevely November 26, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Just heartbreaking. My thoughts are with the family.
Megan Pincus Kajitani November 27, 2011 at 01:35 AM
So so very tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well.
Joli Hatch November 27, 2011 at 02:59 AM
So so tragic. Haven't been able to stop thinking about her and her family... sending loving arms their way. When will judges and law enforcement realize these crys for help are serious!
Kathy Bourquin November 27, 2011 at 05:29 AM
I am so deeply saddened by this. I watched helicopters circle above my house for days.......and prayed. When someone is deemed dangerous enough to have a legal restraining order against them, WHY are they not watched or incarcerated? Tell me.....seeing the results in this horrendous event......it wouldn't be worth any financial cost to do so. A mother, daughter, sister, friend - needlessly gone. I am in pain for her family AND for what Kathleen went through. Rest in peace now, Kathleen.
Kels and Tee Kirkland November 27, 2011 at 07:46 AM
What tragic and sad story for that poor family I hold you in my arms and in my heart. I have been through something tragic like that myself. Also what a tragic time for Carlsbad Ca. I have always felt so safe here. I am speechless. I send you all warm thoughts. Rest in peace all....
Mike Richardson November 28, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Ryan, my deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss!

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