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Farver, circa 2012; Shanna Golyar

Missing Since 11/13/2012

Missing From Council Bluffs, Iowa

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Female

Race White

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, a tattoo of the Chinese symbol for "mother" on the top of her foot, and an unspecified tattoo on her left hip. 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.



The two women did not know each other and had only had one chance meeting, but they were both dating the same man, Dave Kroupa, 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, people close to her got numerous messages sent from her phone and online accounts, saying she was still alive and had suddenly moved away. Both Golyar and Koupa received threatening messages from accounts in Farver's name for months. The two of them reported Farver to the police for harassment and stalking. At one point Golyar's house was set on fire and her pets were killed in the blaze; she blamed Farver. Authorities later determined all the messages had in fact been sent by Golyar, not Farver, and the fire was also set by her.


At her trial, Golyar maintained her innocence and her attorney suggested perhaps Farver wasn't even dead. She was convicted of first-degree murder 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 the arson of her home, which she had tried to blame on Farver.

Foul play is suspected in Farver's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
Investigating Agency / Department

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office 712-890-2200

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