Body of Texas teacher found on NM highway

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad police have discovered the body of a missing teacher from Texas.

Emily Lambert, 30, vanished Saturday night in Carlsbad. She taught third grade in Garland, Texas, a Dallas suburb.

The mother of two young daughters was visiting her new boyfriend in Carlsbad last weekend and was supposed to be back home Sunday.

When she didn’t arrive, there was panic. According to a Facebook page set up to help find her, she was last seen leaving the Blue Cactus Lounge at the Best Western in Carlsbad around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Her cellphone and wallet were found at the bar.

Her boyfriend reported her missing Sunday morning. Lambert’s parents say he told them he was with her at the bar, they got into a fight, and he didn’t see her after. At this point, Lambert’s parents say they don’t have any reason not to believe him.

On Tuesday, police found Lambert’s body on ranch land on Highway 31 outside Carlsbad.

Lambert’s death is considered a homicide, and police say they do have a person of interest in the case.

Police did not confirm who she was with at the bar Saturday night.

The New Mexico State Police and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department are helping with the investigation.

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