Cari Lea Farver

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Above Images: Farver, circa 2012


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 13, 2012 from Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Farver has the following tattoos: a large sun in between her shoulder blades, a flower on her lower back and unspecified tattoos on her left hip and the top of her foot. Her ears are pierced.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Farver was last seen in Council Bluffs, Iowa on November 13, 2012. She has never been heard from again. Her mother reported her missing on November 16. Farver had plans to go to her half-brother's wedding a few days after her disappearance; her son was part of the celebration. She never showed up for the event. Her father died a month after she went missing; they were very close and she visited him often, but she didn't attend his funeral. She worked at West Corp. at the time of her disappearance and was considered reliable and an ideal employee, but when she disappeared she didn't give notice at her job. On January 10, 2013, almost two months after her disappearance, Farver's vehicle was found abandoned in Omaha, Nebraska. It was at her boyfriend's apartment complex, but next to a different building.

    In December 2016, Shanna Golyar was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Farver's disappearance. A photo of Golyar is posted below this case summary. Authorities believe Farver was stabbed to death within twenty-four hours of her disappearance while inside her SUV; they found bloodstains on the passenger seat cushion. They think Golyar stabbed Farver to death and burned her body and that the crime was committed in Omaha.

    The two women were both dating the same man at the time of Farver's disappearance, and investigators found Golyar's fingerprints inside Farver's vehicle and some of Farver's property After Farver went missing, Golyar allegedly sent numerous text messages from her phone and posed as her online to try to make it look like she was still alive and had left town.

    Golyar has a prior criminal history; in June 2016, she pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for breaking a woman at another woman's apartment. In December 2015, Golyar claimed a person had accosted her in Council Bluffs and shot her in the thigh, but police concluded she had probably shot herself. She is awaiting trial for Farver's murder; her attorney disputes that Farver is even dead. Foul play is suspected in Farver's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Shanna Golyar


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office


    Source Information
    Iowa Cold Cases
    Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office
    The Daily Nonpareil
    WOWT 6 News
    The Omaha World-Herald


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 19, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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