(CBS) - Albert Lambert, the ex-husband of a slain Fla. school nurse, was found dead of a narcotics overdose before officials could charge him with her murder, according to news reports. Kimberly Lindsey had been shot in the chest and decapitated, her fingers removed, reports the Palm Beach Post, citing an affidavit.
Lambert, a 52-year-old emergency room physician, died in Miami, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office told CBS Miami Sunday. Blood matching his slain ex-wife, Lindsey, was found at a home he owned in Miami, reports the station.
"The bottom line is we were going to charge him with first-degree murder, no doubt," Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a news conference Sunday afternoon, reports the station.
Lindsey, 49, was last seen Sunday, Oct. 27, reports the Palm Beach Post. The next day, she didn't show up to her job as a nurse at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, reports the paper.
Her body was discovered Friday in a sugar cane field in Glades, about 90 miles west of West Palm Beach. Her head and fingers have reportedly not been found.
Undercover officers had been trailing Lambert for days as officials waited on an arrest warrant, reports the paper. Sunday morning, they reportedly discovered Lambert's sister and a friend carrying Lambert's body from the sister's home.
At a press conference Sunday, officials stopped short of calling Lambert's death a suicide, reports the paper.
Lindsey and Lambert had been going through a rocky divorce which was finalized in February, reports CBS Miami. Tensions surfaced at a child support hearing last week, sources told the station. The couple has three children, Sarah, 20, Sofia, 18, and Savannah, 16.
On Oct. 29, two days after Lindsey's disappearance, a judge found Lambert in contempt of court, saying he had "engaged in stonewalling tactics" and "acted in bad faith ... with a complete disregard for judicial efficiency," reports the station.