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Lomita man who jumped off cliff is booked on suspicion of murder in wife's disappearance

February 28, 2011 |  9:34 pm

A Lomita man who jumped off a cliff after being confronted by deputies was booked Monday on suspicion of murder in the disappearance of his wife, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.  

Dawn ViensDavid Viens, 47, was arrested Monday at a hospital, where he was recovering from injuries after jumping off an 80-foot cliff last week, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.

Viens jumped off a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes while being chased by deputies. Investigators began focusing on Viens after the disappearance of his wife, Dawn Viens.

The 39-year-old woman went missing after walking away from the Thyme Contemporary Cafe, which she owned with her husband, according to authorities.


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-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Dawn Viens. Credit: KTLA