The San Diego Medical examiner reported Sunday that the death of missing Carlsbad woman was due to strangulation.
The body of Kathy Scharbarth was found Friday night in the back-country of San Diego county, according to Carlsbad police. The 34-year-old had gone missing from her North County home earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, Scharbarth's ex-boyfriend, Michael David Robles, sat in jail on suspicion of kidnapping and murder after being arrested on Friday morning. Robles, 43, was denied bail and locked up in Vista, pending arraignment scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Scharbarth had a restraining order against Robles, which was filed on Nov. 17.
Police reported that Robles had violated a restraining order against him Wednesday night after trying to make contact with Scharbarth at her home in Carlsbad in the 3100 block of Via Puerta, east of Melrose Drive, where she was last seen.
Neighbors and friends of Scharbarth said Saturday that they have asked themselves what more they could have done to prevent the incident.
Scharbarth disappearance was first noted on Thursday when her current boyfriend, Daniel Weber, returned to her home on Thanksgiving morning, also Scharbarth's birthday, after he had left there late Wednesday night.
Weber said they planned to have breakfast; however he could not find Scharbarth. Instead, Weber only found the door to her house open and her 13-year-old daughter asleep inside.
Weber then called police to report Scharbarth was missing.