Cari Lea Farver (courtesy IA Dept. of Public Safety)

Cari Lea Farver (courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Cari Lea Farver

Missing Person –> Homicide

Shanna Golyar found guilty of first-degree murder

Name: Cari Lea Farver
Age at Report: 37
Date of Birth: Nov. 30, 1974
Residence: Macedonia, Iowa
Pottawattamie County
Last Seen Alive: Nov. 13, 2012, in Omaha, Nebraska
Reported Missing: Nov. 16, 2012
Investigating Agency: Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office
Case Number: S12-021291
Arrest Made: December 22, 2016
Suspect: Shanna Golyar
Bench Trial Scheduled: May 10, 2017
Verdict — Guilty: May 24, 2017
Sentencing: On Aug. 15, 2017, Golyar sentenced to life for first-degree murder and given an additional 18 to 20 years for arson.



Iowa woman sentenced for killing her romantic rival

Aug. 15, 2017 — UPDATE: Shanna Golyar was sentenced to life for first-degree murder Tuesday morning, Aug. 15, 2017.

Golyar was also given an additional 18 to 20 years for arson. She will serve the sentences consecutively.

Full Story at

Judge finds Shanna Golyar Guilty of First-degree Murder

May 24, 2017 — Douglas County District Judge Timothy Burns found Shanna Golyar guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree arson Wednesday morning, May 24, 2017, after 10 days of trial. She will be sentenced to life in prison in August.

Burns said Golyar spun a “twisted plot of lies, deceit and impersonations through digital messaging” to keep Farver alive online and distract authorities.

“Cari Farver did not voluntarily disappear and drop off the face of the earth,” Burns said just before delivering his verdict. “Very sadly, she was murdered.”

Full Story at Omaha World-Herald

Closing Arguments in love triangle murder case

May 23, 2017: OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — The prosecution and defense each presented their closing arguments in the trial of Shanna Golyar. She’s accused of killing her romantic rival, Cari Farver, who has been missing since November 2012. Investigators have never found Farver’s body.

Deputy Douglas County Attorney Jim Masteller said: “This was a well-planned, well-executed scheme of the defendant to intercept Cari Farver, murder her, and dispose of her body.”

Masteller used a photo of a foot to prove Farver is dead — and that Golyar killed her. The photo was found on a memory card filled with images, including selfies taken by Golyar. Masteller said tattoos on the foot in the photo are identical to Cari Farver’s tattoos. He also said the foot in the photo was decomposing…

Golyar waived her right to a jury trial, so her fate is now in the hands of Judge Timothy Burns. Burns said he will issue his verdict Wednesday morning at 9:00.

From Brandon Scott,, May 23, 2017
Full Story at

Harassing messages from person claiming to be missing woman kept coming for years, man testifies at murder trial

May 16, 2017 — For roughly four years, David Kroupa was harassed daily by a steady barrage of texts and emails, seemingly from a woman he had dated for just two weeks.

Some threatened him or the people he knew. Others would claim that the woman was outside his apartment or workplace, with photos to prove it.

The intimidation affected him physically. He gained 30 pounds and drank every night.

It affected him at work. One day someone called the business phone at his Jensen Tire store every minute, but said nothing. No one could work, and his boss was aggravated.

It affected him emotionally. The mother of his two young children and the other women he started to date were also scared. He would circle his home or work, looking for any trace of the alleged harasser, Cari Farver.

“It made it very difficult to be social,” said Kroupa, 40, in a calm and unwavering voice during his daylong testimony. “I couldn’t even use my phone, it’d be beeping all day long.”

Kroupa unwittingly had found himself at the center of an obsession. But it wasn’t Farver who had become obsessed. It was another woman he had dated, authorities allege, Shanna Golyar.

At Golyar’s trial Monday, Kroupa read aloud a tiny percentage of the roughly 12,000 emails he purportedly received from Farver since he last saw her on Nov. 13, 2012. Authorities say Golyar concocted them.

Read World-Herald reporter Alia Conley’s story here

Trial begins for Iowa woman who prosecutors say killed, then impersonated her romantic rival

May 11, 2017 — To keep authorities from suspecting her in Cari Farver’s alleged slaying, Shanna Golyar took on the digital persona of her romantic rival, Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle argued in her opening statement Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Golyar, 41, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree arson in connection with Farver’s disappearance on Nov. 13, 2012. Wednesday marked the first day of a bench trial expected to last several days. Douglas County District Judge Timothy Burns will decide whether Golyar is acquitted or guilty. Full story at Omaha World-Herald

By Brandon Scott,, Posted Thursday, May 11, 2017


Shanna Golyar
Shanna Goylar

On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Omaha police announced they’d arrested 41-year-old Shanna Golyar at her home in Persia, Iowa, and charged her with first-degree murder in the death of Cari Farver, a woman who may have been a romantic rival.

The 37-year-old Farver spent the night at her boyfriend’s apartment Nov. 12, 2012, and went to work the next morning. She was never seen again.

Her mother, Nancy Raney, reported her daughter missing to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office in Council Bluffs, Iowa, November 16, 2012.

Officials found Farver’s vehicle in Omaha on January 10, 2013, though Farver’s body was never found. The case went cold, but in February 2016, Pottawattamie County detectives asked the Omaha police cold case unit to assist in the investigation, which led to Golyar’s arrest.

In a press release dated December 22, 2016, police said a grant awarded to the Omaha Police Department’s Cold Case Unit allowed for DNA testing regarding Farver’s homicide.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, Douglas County Judge Craig McDermott ruled that Golyar will stand trial for first-degree murder in Farver’s death. Golyar is being held on $5 million bail.

Read about the extent to which Golyar allegedly went to pose as Farver

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing
Pottawattamie County in Iowa
Pottawattamie County in Iowa
macedonia-pott-countyMacedonia in Pottawattamie County

Cari Farver, 37, of Macedonia, Iowa, went missing Tuesday, November 13, 2012. A few days later on Friday, November 16, her mother, Nancy Raney of Carson, Iowa, reported her missing to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Cari was last seen alive in Omaha, Neb., early in the morning on November 13, 2012, after leaving her boyfriend’s Omaha apartment to go to work.

Officials described her as a 5-foot-7 white female with brown hair, hazel eyes, weighing about 145 pounds, and having four tattoos: a large sun in between her shoulder blades, a tattoo on her left hip, a tattoo on the top of her foot and a flower on her lower back.

She was employed by West Corp., a publicly traded telecommunications services provider based in Omaha.

Her 2002 Ford Explorer was located in Omaha — in her boyfriend’s apartment complex, but next to a different building — on January 10, 2013.

The case went cold, and although Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) received correspondence from readers that Cari was alive and well and posting on Facebook, ICC could find no definitive evidence on the social media site to prove Farver wrote and published the posts, and so chose to keep Farver listed on ICC as a missing person.

Farver also remained listed as a missing person on the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Missing Person Information Clearinghouse website.

In a press release dated Thursday, December 22, 2016, police said a grant awarded to the Omaha Police Department’s Cold Case Unit allowed for DNA testing regarding Farver’s homicide, and on that same day Omaha police announced they’d arrested 41-year-old Shanna Golyar at her home in Persia, Iowa, and charged her with first-degree murder in Cari Farver’s death. Persia is located about 35 miles northeast of Omaha.

In an (Omaha) World-Herald article dated December 24, 2016, police said they believed the slaying took place November 13 or 14, in west Omaha. Golyar and Farver both had been dating the same man.

Golyar was transferred to the Douglas County Jail in Nebraska on Friday, December 23, 2016, after declining to fight extradition.

Suspect Posed as Cari Farver on Internet

Golyar made her first court appearance in the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

In addition to the first-degree murder charges, Golyar also has been charged with posing as Cari Farver on the Internet to cover up Farver’s slaying.

In an unusual move during Tuesday’s court appearance, Douglas County Judge Lawrence Barrett set Golyar’s bail at $5 million; first-degree murder defendants in both Nebraska and Iowa are normally ordered held without bail.

In a KETV Channel 7 news report Tuesday, December 27, Golyar’s attorney, James Martin Davis, said his client is confused as to why she’s even a suspect. Davis said Golyar and Farver dated the same man but had met each other only once — not enough to tie Golyar to the case, he said.

Davis said in the Channel 7 interview:

“There’s no confessions, no admissions, there’s no body, there’s no murder weapon, there’s no sufficient showing of blood that there was a death that even took place.”

Prosecutors believe have strong case

Prosecutors argue they have a strong case based on the following information:

  • Investigators reportedly found the victim’s blood in the boyfriend’s apartment.
  • Farver had been dating Golyar’s ex-boyfriend for some weeks.
  • Golyar’s relationship with the man drew the attention of Council Bluffs police in December 2015 when Golyar told police she’d been accosted at Big Lake Park and shot in her left thigh and tried to blame the alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound on Farver.
  • Golyar’s fingerprints were found on a tin of mints in a front cupholder of Farver’s SUV.
  • Prosecutors allege Golyar posed as Farver online and by phone for years after Farver’s disappearance, also posed as other people confessing to killing Farver, and tried to make it look like Farver was still alive but left town.
  • Officials said Golyar’s ex-boyfriend received about 10,000 emails that appeared to be from Farver for three years following her disappearance. An analysis of the emails show they were linked to Golyar.
  • Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle said there is some DNA evidence that does come back to the victim from her vehicle.
  • Beadle said there’s a lot of computer and text messaging evidence that will tie the defendant to the case.

Beadle told KETV the investigation continues into whether there are any other suspects and that prosecutors are meeting with a witness [the week of Dec. 26, 2016].

After Golyar’s four-hour preliminary hearing Jan. 18, 2017, a judge ruled that Golyar will stand trial for Farver’s death.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, Golyar waived her right to a jury trial and has opted for a bench trial, scheduled for May 10, 2017. Douglas County District Judge Timothy Burns will decide whether Golyar is guilty in the disappearance and presumed death of Cari Farver.

The trial began as scheduled on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Verdict: Guilty — Sentence: Life plus 18 to 20 years for arson

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Douglas County District Judge Timothy Burns found Golyar guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree arson after 10 days of trial.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, Golyar was sentenced to life to first-degree murder and also given an additional 18 to 20 years for arson. She will serve the sentences consecutively, reported.

“Cari Farver did not voluntarily disappear and drop off the face of the earth,” Burns said just before delivering his verdict, according to an Omaha World-Herald article published May 25, 2017. “Very sadly, she was murdered,” said Burns.

Cari Farver

Cari Farver


22 Responses to Cari Farver

  1. She is not missing she is wanted.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Shelly, we still have Cari listed here because she’s still listed as a missing person with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Missing Person Information Clearinghouse. Once law enforcement officials notify MPIC she’s been located, she’ll no longer be listed here as missing. Thank you for your input and information about her case.

  2. Kelly Kinne Gillespie says:

    do you know her

  3. Kelly Kinne Gillespie says:

    any idea where she might be

  4. Terry Wright says:

    What is she wanted for

  5. anonymous says:

    She has a youtube account and it says that 6 months ago she uploaded a video called “husband’s cheating place.” Very weird, like whomever filmed it was engaging in stalking.

  6. Tina Carroll says:

    Dennis G. Farver, 63, of Newton died on December 7, 2012 at his home. Memorial services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. Memorials to the Dennis Farver Memorial Fund may be left at the funeral home or at the church on the afternoon of the service. Memorials may also be mailed to the funeral home. He is survived by his family including his wife, Diane of Newton; children, Adam R. (Tara) Farver of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Cari L. Farver of Macedonia, Iowa, John J. (Hilary) Farver of Des Moines, Iowa, and Jarod W. Farver of San Diego, California. Dennis G. Farver

    Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Dec. 11, 2012
    – See more at:

  7. Haven’t been able to open a lot of links on Iowa cold cases lately.

  8. Davi Jean says:

    My phone won’t let me open them. Says the site isn’t secure and people may try to steal my info. It’s too bad because I like to read the articles! Dang phone!

  9. Same thing here! ! Says site isn’t secure and won’t open. I can’t even bypass it to open. Cold case admin..any ideas?

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Re the “secure site” warning: According to our web hosting service, InMotion Hosting, the reason some of the pages on ICC render a warning about security is because the ICC page contains one or more “links” to other websites that “aren’t” SSL (or https) enabled. In my opinion, this makes no sense because a great number of news websites — including the Des Moines Register — provide perfectly valid “links” to articles. They simply begin with http:// instead of https://. I also provide links to specific police departments and sheriffs’ office websites, all of which are legitimate but not yet SSL enabled.

      A good example to highlight this problem can be seen by visiting Julie Benning’s page. If one uses the link, there is a security warning because the page includes a “video” provided by the Des Moines Register. Yet, remove the “s” from https, and the video appears.

      I will soon be upgrading ICC with a new template and hope it will address this issue, because we rely heavily on “news sources” (with http urls) for these case summaries and updates. While I agree SSL is a must-have for sites and/or web pages where one purchases products online, I don’t understand why it creates so many problems for product-free, ad-free pages like ICC displays.

  10. She has a Facebook page. Says she needed to get away…

  11. so then she really isnt missing?

  12. anon says:

    I tried to post this a short while ago but for some reason it didn’t post. A woman was arrested and charged yesterday with Cari’s murder

  13. anon says:

    Wow, and here is a weird police report that the perp, Snanna Golyar, made in which she complained in December 2015 that she had been shot in the leg by an unknown female.

  14. anon says:

    And she went by “liz dayton,” “liz golyar,” and “Shanna Elizabeth Golyar.”

    Also, for some reason the perp (or someone else) announced her own death on this website back in 20091:

    The memorial has expired, but from the google cache it at least says:

    Surived by daughter Elizabeth Golyar; son Jasen Gagnon. She was a saint to us all. There will be no veiwing or service. She is to be cremated in Michigan…

    The “memorial” itself says that she was born June 28, 1975 and died December 9, 2009.

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