Police Seek Missing Wife Under Hubby's Cafe

LA restaurant owner jumps off cliff to avoid detectives
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2011 2:26 AM CST
Police are digging through the floor and walls of this Los Angeles County restaurant.   (Insider Pages)

(Newser) – Police are ripping apart a restaurant in Los Angeles County looking for the body of the owner's missing wife. David Viens, who runs the Thyme Contemporary Cafe, has been arrested on suspicion of his wife's murder, the Los Angeles Times reports. Viens expanded the cafe and added new floors and walls shortly after his wife disappeared 16 months ago.

Soon after local newspaper the Daily Breeze reported that Viens was a murder suspect and blood was found on the walls of the home the couple shared, the 46-year-old restaurant owner jumped off a cliff following a police pursuit. "Mr. Viens dove off a 100-foot cliff to avoid talking to our detectives, and that is somewhat telling," said the chief investigator. Viens survived the fall.

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