The Disappearance of Cari Farver

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Originally premiered Saturday, October 8 at 8/7c on Lifetime

Cari Farver

Cari Farver
(Courtesy Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office)

About the Movie

The Disappearance of Cari Farver” is based on a true story and the subject of Leslie Rule’s bestselling true-crime book, A Tangled Web. Dave Kroupa (Zach Gilford), is shocked when his new girlfriend, Cari Farver (Rebecca Amzallag), starts sending him demanding texts.

When Dave ends the relationship, he finds himself on the receiving end of an onslaught of twisted messages from Cari, who has abruptly disappeared. Dave’s ex-girlfriend, Liz (Alicia Witt) also begins receiving harassing texts from Cari, resulting in a dangerous situation for them both. Meanwhile, Cari’s mother Nancy (Lea Thompson), continually searches for her, keeping the pressure on the police who eventually uncover a shocking discovery.

Tony Kava speaks with Dateline’s Keith Morrison. (Courtesy

Anthony “Tony” Kava, the Pottawattamie County IT supervisor who spent thousands of hours on the case — and three days on the stand in Shanna Golyar’s murder trial — is also featured in the film. Kava said the sheriff’s office wasn’t involved in the making of the movie, though he approved of the talented actor they picked to play him: Erik Athavale.

Lifetime Television also donated in Cari’s honor to The Cari Farver Memorial Scholarship at Iowa Western Community College, a scholarship established to keep Cari’s memory and her legacy of kindness alive by supporting students attending Iowa Western Community College in pursuit of a career in information technology.

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Cecil DuBois gravestone Cecil DuBois
73 YOA
1322 23rd St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1974-42891
November 15, 1974
Anna Maria Medici headstone Anna Maria Medici
21 YOA
Carney, IA
Polk County
Case # 62-01063
November 16, 1962
Charles Elmquist Charles Elmquist
Age at Report: 34
Missing From:
Iowa City, IA
Missing Since:
November 16, 1979
Chris Axiotis Chris Axiotis
16 YOA
Q Pond Park
Osceola, IA
Clarke County
November 16, 1999
Melvin Price gravestone Melvin Price
26 YOA
Iowa Highway 42
Riverton, IA
Fremont County
November 17, 1974
Bobbi Crawford Roberta Crawford
53 YOA
2 Sixth Ave. NW
Hampton, IA
Franklin County
November 17, 1999
george-massouris-cb-nonpareil-165px George J. Massouris
30 YOA
Orchard Road
Councils Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
November 18, 1950
Kenneth Harker Kenneth Harker, 34
Sioux City, IA
Missing Since 10/3/96
Presumed Deceased
Would have celebrated 61st birthday Nov. 18
Larry Wells Double Homicide
Larry Wells
, 25
Coralville, IA
Killed Aug. 26, 1975
Would have celebrated 73rd birthday Nov. 19
Martha Erickson Martha Erickson
47 YOA
Avon/Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 95-13479
November 21, 1995
Brian Blachut Brian R. Blachut
30 YOA
Missing From:
Scarville, IA
Winnebago County
November 21, 1993

Bryce R. McCance
Age at Report: 25
Reported Missing to: Ames PD
November 21, 2018

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