Michael Clark, Whose Wife Disappeared 30 Years Ago, Faces Trial for Her Murder
A Huntington Beach man has been ordered to stand trial for killing his wife in 1981 despite her body never being found.
Torrance Police in April arrested Michael Clark, 58, who changed his last name from Lubahn, for the cold-case murder of his wife Carol Jeanne Meyer Lubahn.
She was last heard from March 30, 1981, when she phoned her mother to say she was upset over the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.
Clark told family members his wife of 10 years, and mother of their son and daughter, left home in the middle of the night after an argument over selling their Torrance house.
But Torrance Police have said his arrest is based on that explanation changing over the past 30 years.
Detectives believe he killed her because she had been in a love affair.
Clark, who is being held on $1 million bail, is due back in Torrance Superior Court May 24.
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