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Former Torrance man arrested as suspect in 1981 killing of his wife

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    A man who claimed that his wife disappeared in the middle of the night 30 years ago was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing her.

    Michael Clark, 57, was taken into custody at his Huntington Beach town house when he walked outside to go to work about 8:30 a.m.

    Clark, wearing a green shirt and beige shorts, appeared calm and said little to the Torrance police detectives as they handcuffed him.

    Clark is suspected of killing 28-year-old Carol Jeanne Lubahn, who vanished on March 31, 1981. Lubahn’s credit cards and Social Security number have never been used, and her body has never been found.

    “We don’t have any idea where she is,” Torrance police Detective Jim Wallace said. “The only reasonable explanation for her disappearance is she is dead.”

    The couple, graduates of North High School in Torrance, had been married 10 years,

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