08-07-2011, 03:07 AM #1
CA - Carol Meyer Lubahn, 26, Torrance, 30 March 1981 *M. Clark guilty*Carol Jeanne Meyer Lubahn has been missing since March 30th, 1981. She was 26 years old at the time of her disappearance. Carol was approximately 5'6" tall, 117lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She had a mole on the left side of her chin. She was last seen in the 17600 block of Cranbrook in the city of Torrance, California. Her car was later recovered (abandoned) in the city of Redondo Beach. She had two small children at the time of her disappearance. Her case is being investigated by the Torrance Police Department.
News article dated 06 AUG 2011 by By Larry Altman Staff Writer:
But Friday, the 84-year-old woman arrived in a Torrance courtroom as the first prosecution witness to testify against Clark, a former Torrance man charged in April with killing her daughter, Carol Lubahn, who was listed as missing in 1981.
"I still had hopes she was alive," Meyer said shortly before Clark was escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs. He acknowledged her with a smile and a wink.
Clark was arrested in April of this year. Trial currently ongoing. Her body has not been located.
08-15-2011, 02:10 PM #2Registered User
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He SMILED and WINKED at this victim's mother?? Dear Lord, I think that in itself should be worthy of some kind of charge, maybe on basis of emotional duress...
10-25-2012, 03:12 PM #3
Michael Lubahn Clark convicted of second degree murder.
Michael Lubahn Clark, a house painter whose young wife disappeared from their north Torrance home in the middle of the night 31 years ago and has never been heard from since, was found guilty on Wednesday of killing her.
The jury found Clark, 59, guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of Carol Lubahn, who was 26 when she was last seen March 31, 1981. The couple, who met at North High School in Torrance, were married for about 10 years and lived in a home in the 17600 block of Cranbrook Avenue they shared with their two young children.
Clark, who testified in his own defense during the trial and repeatedly denied killing his wife, displayed no emotion as the verdict was read. He glanced back at relatives sitting in the courtroom before bailiffs led him away.
01-08-2013, 07:00 PM #4
Michael Clark-Lubahn Confesses
He will show authorities where he dumped her body off of the Palos Verdes coastline.
For 31 years, Michael Lubahn Clark denied killing his wife. He said she left him in the middle of the night following an argument. She was gone when he awakened in the morning at their Torrance home.But Monday, two months after a Torrance jury dismissed Clark's own testimony about how his wife left him March 31, 1981, never to be heard from again, Clark finally confessed, telling a prosecutor and detectives that he killed the 26-year-old woman in a rage at home. He hid her body in their garage, and later tied it to cinder blocks and submerged it off the Rancho Palos Verdes coast.Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said in court that Clark has agreed to join a Sheriff's Department dive team on board a boat Wednesday to show them the spot some 500 to 800 yards off Point Vicente where he disposed of his wife's body.
The hope is that some 50 divers expected to search for Carol Meyer Lubahn's remains will find something to return to her family for proper burial.
"Even if all we get is a cinder block, they want it," Lewin told Torrance Superior Court Judge Eric Taylor. "They want something."
01-10-2013, 12:48 AM #5
08-19-2013, 01:24 AM #6
Tonight, Dateline (with Keith Morrison) did an episode on the Carol Lubahn case.
At the end of the hour, Keith Morrison explained that Michael Lubahn's story about Carol's body being dumped offshore of the Palos Verdes lighthouse was also a lie.
Michael Lubahn now says he buried Carol's body, and has led authorities to the general location of the burial site. (This location was not disclosed in the Dateline episode.) He also passed a polygraph to support his new story. Authorities over the "next few months" will be attempting to locate the burial spot. It was not clear when this episode was recorded. But it looks hopeful that her body may finally be found (if it hasn't already been found).
In retrospect, I should have suspected that the Point Vicente story was not a credible story. The shoreline at Point Vicente is entirely lined with vertical cliffs, and there is only one trail that takes you from the parking lot down the cliffs to the water. It would have been quite a task to drag a rowboat and a body down the path that runs down the cliffside at Point Vicente, row the boat offshore, dump her body, and then drag the rowboat back up the cliffside path to his car.
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08-19-2013, 01:42 AM #7
Here's the Daily Breeze article regarding his change of story about the disposal site.
Michael Lubahn Clark said in an interview with the Daily Breeze that investigators won't find his wife's remains off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes because he never put her there.
"That was my original plan," Clark said. "I've been told not to talk about details right now. She may be somewhere else."
Clark's son, Michael Lubahn Jr., said his father has told investigators where his wife's remains are located, but Clark, prosecutors and Torrance police all declined to comment on where they plan to look.
Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said detectives are working to verify Clark's latest account now that he has told them the ocean should not be their focus.
"He has now recanted that statement and we are now working on his new statement," Watt said. "Detectives and the D.A.'s Office continue to work these leads so the family can have closure on what happened to Carol Lubahn."
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08-19-2013, 01:29 PM #8
I was presuming that his second account of how she died (after failing the polygraph on the first account) was probably true because I presumed that he was polygraphed again on his revised account.
But now it has turned out that he lied about the disposal site (apparently without being tripped up by the polygraph). I am thinking that there must be a reason why he didn't want to reveal the true burial site, even after confessing to being responsible for her death.
I have a feeling that when her bones are found, the bones will reveal much more than just a single punch in the face that supposedly killed her.
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