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Date of Issue: December 30, 2009

Ex-Islander missing from LA

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a former Anna Maria Island woman missing since Oct. 18.

Dawn Marie Viens, 37, of Lomita, Calif., was last seen leaving work at the Thyme Contemporary Cafe in Los Angeles County, according the LASD.

She did not take her car.

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

According to the Daily Breeze newspaper in California, neighbors have expressed concern about Viens’ wellbeing. Her family, not husband David Robert Viens, filed the missing person report.

The Viens lived on Anna Maria Island several years ago. They owned a home in Holmes Beach and operated the Beach City Market and Grille 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, 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 operated Thyme Contemporary Cafe, which opened later in 2009, replacing another Viens’ restaurant, Basil and Rosemary.

Dawn Viens has 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.

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