Prosecutors: Woman charged with murder in 2012 disappearance posed as victim online to cover up death
By Alia Conley and Andrew J. Nelson / World-Herald staff writers Updated Dec 29, 2016 (0)
Douglas County prosecutors say a trail of social media messages and physical evidence links Shanna Golyar to the death of a woman who was her rival for a man’s attention.
Golyar, now 41, posed as Cari Farver on the Internet to cover up Farver’s slaying, prosecutors alleged Tuesday in court.
Farver, then 37, disappeared in 2012. Authorities think she was killed in Omaha, but Golyar’s defense attorney argues that no body has been found, so there’s been no proof of a homicide.
Douglas County Judge Lawrence Barrett on Tuesday set Golyar’s bail at $5 million; typically first-degree murder defendants are ordered held without bail.
Golyar’s attorney, James Martin Davis, said his client hardly knows Farver and prosecutors have little evidence connecting Golyar to a crime.
Farver was last seen alive on the morning of Nov. 13, 2012. Omaha police have said they think she was killed within the next 24 hours at an apartment near 120th Street and West Dodge Road.
Farver’s mother, Nancy Raney, reported her daughter missing three days later to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. About two months later, authorities found Farver’s vehicle in Omaha.
The two women were girlfriends of the same man, prosecutor David Wear said. Farver was from Macedonia, Iowa, and Golyar is from Persia, Iowa.
Golyar made “numerous attempts” to show that Farver was still alive, Wear said, by sending messages to Farver’s phone and by making it seem as if Farver had left town.
Wear said Golyar posed as Farver online “to conceal the fact that she was no longer alive.”
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