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Lomita restaurant owner admits to killing wife, investigator says; search for body continues

Dawn and David Viens.

David Viens, 47, admitted in an interview with detectives Tuesday evening to killing Dawn Viens in October 2009.

"He implicated himself in her killing," said Lt. David Coleman of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Viens has yet to reveal what he did with her body, Coleman said. Investigators would not describe the circumstances surrounding her death.

Detectives planned to use heavy excavation equipment and a fire crew Wednesday to aid their search for Dawn Viens body.

Sheriff's and coroner's investigators dug under the Thyme Contemporary Cafe for a second day Wednesday.

Viens was arrested in a hospital and charged with suspicion of murder after jumping last week from a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff as police chased him.

Coleman said he believed Viens' jump was a suicide attempt.

Investigators continued Wednesday to cut away at the building's floor and foundation, where they suspect Dawn Viens may be entombed.

"We are bringing in a fire crew and heavy excavation equipment. ... We want to determine if this is where the victim's body is concealed," Coleman said. "We won't stop digging until we have eliminated the location."

Coleman said Viens remodeled the restaurant after his wife's disappearance in October 2009 and laid new concrete.

"For several days the windows were covered and restaurant closed for refurbishment," Coleman said. He said investigators had gathered information leading them to believe the woman may be buried at the site.

"David Viens' attempted suicide forced us to push the investigation forward and begin the search," Coleman said.


Heavy machinery to aid search for missing woman believed buried beneath Lomita restaurant

Wife likely buried beneath husband's restaurant, detectives say

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

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Dawn and David Viens. Credit: KTLA

Comments () | Archives (15)

He has been watching the program"Dexter" too much.

This guy is such a scumbag -- it was so evident even at the beginning that he was lying and that he was involved!!

under the restaurant..............how sick is that???


He did not admit, per interview with Investigator he stated that he got close as you can get. Media is always misrepresenting.


She probably ended up in the menu.

That is just creepy..

what a sicko.

My ex-husband used to work at Basil and Rosemary's years ago with dave and dawn.. I also worked there as well... I am in utter shock. We had no idea they were even in town... My husband worked for them in South Carolina and Florida so i am just speechless.. Our hearts go out to dawns brothers and sisters, mother and the rest of the family... If there is anything we can do to help. please feel free to send and e-mail..... All our love Cary and Teri Burt

Why did he say he did it without telling them where she was buried?

great job David! the thought of concealing your wife's body on the premises of your restaurant gives me the chills... lucky that you did not serve her remains as part of the menu... hope you get a nice lengthy prison sentence. in state prison, you can cook all day to other cons, if you will be allowed near the prison kitchen.

Single word.....


Scumbag!!!!! and no remorse...he moved his new girlfriend into his house and gave her a job at his restaurant (same job his dead wife used to have).

I say hang the dude.....if he admits it then no trial..just a quick disposal of SCUM!!!

The owner of the dog grooming shop next door to his restaurant disappeared one month before his wife did.
He then took over that shop to expand his place.
His wife then "disappeared".


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