Details of Disappearance Jawhari was last heard from at 11:30 p.m. on February 11, 2009, when she spoke to a family member on the phone and said she was going to bed. She lived in the 3400 block of Shiawassee Avenue in Fenton, Michigan, a quarter-mile east of U.S. 23.
At 8:00 a.m. the next day, a ride service arrived at her home for a scheduled pickup, but left after Jawhari didn't answer the door. At 8:30 a.m., after she didn't answer the phone, one of her relatives went to her apartment.
The front door was open, Jawhari's clothes were laid out, her bed didn't appear to have been slept in, the coffee pot was cold, and nothing was missing from the home, not even her coat, identification or cigarettes.
She has never been heard from again. The apartment building's surveillance camera doesn't show her in the parking lot during the night of February 11 or early morning of February 12.
Jawhari normally kept in very close touch with her family, which includes her parents, a brother, six sisters, and a five-year-old daughter whom her mother was caring for. She called her relatives several times a day and they checked in on her personally every day. She spent a great deal of time participating in programs in Flint, Michigan and may be in that city.
Jawhari didn't have a cellular phone, a vehicle or a driver's license when she disappeared and walked places or depended on others for transportation. She apparently didn't have any money at the time she went missing. A few days before she vanished, a police officer picked her up after someone reported she was panhandling at a local fast food restaurant. He drove her back to her apartment.
Police have released a sketch of an unidentified person of interest in Jawhari's disappearance. The sketch is posted with this case summary. The man accompanied Jawhari to dental appointments five times in October and November 2008. He seemed impatient waiting for her and repeatedly asked how much longer she would be.
The man is described as 30 to 35 years old and clean-cut. He wore a black leather jacket and silver neck chains. He's not considered a suspect in Jawhari's disappearance, but investigators would like to talk to him and found out if he's heard from her since she vanished.
Jawhari was born in Lebanon and moved to the United States as a child. She has previously lived in Hawaii and in Miami, Florida and she has relatives in the Cleveland, Ohio and Parma, Ohio areas. She is described as a talented, artistic person who enjoys painting, acting and writing poetry. Her mother has legal guardianship over her.
Although she is incapable of adequately caring for herself due to her illnesses, Jawhari had seen a physician not long before her disappearance, and she was feeling well and adequately managing her medical conditions. She doted on her daughter and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Her case remains unsolved.
- Fenton Police Department
Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 9, 2010; medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.