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Date of Issue: April 21, 2010

Police search continues for ex-Islander

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for a former Anna Maria Island woman missing since Oct. 18, 2009.

Last week, the husband of Dawn Marie Viens, 37, of Lomita, Calif., told the Daily Breeze newspaper in California that he would offer a reward for information in the case, but he’s broke.

Dawn Marie Viens was last seen leaving work at the Thyme Contemporary Cafe in Los Angeles County, which she was operating with husband David Robert Viens, according the LASD.

She did not take her car or cash she had asked a friend to hold.

LASD officials said there was no indication of foul play in her disappearance.

The Viens lived on Anna Maria Island several years ago. They owned a home in Holmes Beach and operated the Beach City Market in Bradenton Beach.

In 2005, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office led a raid at the market and home.

David Viens was arrested Jan. 6, 2005, on suspicion of marijuana possession with intent to sell or distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of opium and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also was arrested on suspicion of trafficking marijuana.

On April 5, 2005, the state attorney dropped all the charges.

In Los Angeles County, the Viens had been operating Thyme Contemporary Cafe for less than a year before Dawn Viens disappeared.

She is described as having red hair, brown eyes, a tattoo of a yellow butterfly on her right hip, a star tattoo on an ankle and is about 110 pounds. She is about 5 feet 7 inches tall.

The LASD is asking that information about Viens’ whereabouts be reported to 323-890-5500.

Last week, David Viens told the Daily Breeze in his first public statement on his wife’s disappearance, “I loved my wife. I miss her. I want to put up a cash reward, but I’m broke.”

He also said Dawn Viens sometimes went missing, but never for such an extended period.

“I was hoping when the ski season concluded she was going to check in,” he told the newspaper.