Cold Case Arrests and Pending Trials


Arrests have been made in the following cases and are making their way through Iowa's judicial system.

NOTE: We make every effort to keep this list current, but trials are often continued for a number of reasons. If you’re aware of changes in a trial date, please email us at info@iowacoldcases.org. Thank you in advance.


Shanna Golyar, 41, of Persia, Iowa, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, and charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 13, 2012 disappearance of 37-year-old Cari Lea Farver of Macedonia, Iowa. In February 2016, Pottawattamie County detectives asked the Omaha Police Department’s Cold Case Unit to assist in the investigation, which resulted in Golyar’s arrest.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, Golyar waived her right to a jury trial and opted for a bench trial. Douglas County District Judge Timothy Burns will decide whether Golyar is guilty in the disappearance and presumed death of Cari Farver, who was last seen in Omaha more than four years ago. Golyar’s trial began May 10, 2017.

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