Former boyfriend arrested in connection with woman’s disappearance

CARLSBAD (CNS) – A 43-year-old former boyfriend of a missing Carlsbad
woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and murder, although police
continued to hold out hope she will be found alive.

Although police said the investigation into the suspicious disappearance
of 35-year-old Kathleen Cary Scharbarth was active and continuing, Michael
David Robles, of Fallbrook, was arrested this morning, police said.

Robles was booked into the Vista Detention Facility about 7:30 a.m. for
suspicion of kidnapping and first-degree murder, and was being held without
bail, according to jail records.

Scharbarth was last seen Wednesday night near her home on the 3100 block
of Via Puerta, near Melrose Drive, in Carlsbad, according to Carlsbad police
Lt. Paul Mendes.

Scharbarth had recently filed a restraining order against a former
boyfriend, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, and court records showed
Scharbarth filed a domestic violence complaint Nov. 17 in Vista Superior Court.

Police obtained a search warrant for Scharbarth's residence in hopes of
finding additional evidence and to gather information that would help them find
her, Mendes said. Another search warrant was written for the suspect's
residence, he said.

Robles also might have been associated with a gold Nissan Maxima or a
silver Toyota Land Cruiser, police said.

Carlsbad police along with the San Diego County and Orange County
Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams were searching the vicinity surrounding the
location where Scharbarth was last seen, Mendes said, noting the California
Department of Justice was assisting with the investigation.

Scharbarth was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, about 125 pounds with
long, straight blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen near her home on
the 3100 block of Via Puerta wearing black velour pants and a purple thermal
shirt.

Police asked anyone with information on Scharbarth's whereabouts, or
anyone with information on Robles' activities between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 11
p.m. Thursday to contact them at (760) 931-2197.

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