Cari Lea Farver

Farver, circa 2012; Shanna Golyar

  • Missing Since 11/13/2012
  • Missing 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.

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 with 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 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.

At her trial, Golyar maintained her innocence and her attorney suggested perhaps Farver wasn't even dead. She was convicted in August 2017 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She was also sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for an unrelated arson case, where she'd set her own home on fire.

Foul play is suspected in Farver's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

Investigating Agency

  • Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office 712-890-2200

Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 12, 2018; seven pictures added.