Iowa woman arrested on murder charge in 2012 missing person case

Published: Dec. 22, 2016 at 4:35 PM CST
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Police have arrested a woman on murder charges following a cold-case investigation into a four year old missing person report.

In November, 2012, Nancy Raney reported that her daughter, Cari Farver was missing. Farver was last seen alive in Omaha, Nebraska on the morning of November 13, 2012. Farver’s vehicle was found in Omaha on January 10, 2013.

The case went cold, but in February 2016 Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted the Omaha Police Department’s Cold Case Unit detectives to assist in the investigation.

Police announced Thursday they’ve arrested an Iowa woman on first degree murder charges in Farver’s case. Shanna Goylar, 41, was taken into custody Thursday. She’s being held in the Pottawattamie County jail awaiting extradition to Omaha.

Police haven’t released much information regarding the evidence in the case. Police did say in a press release Thursday a grant awarded to the Omaha Police Department’s Cold Case Unit allowed for DNA testing regarding Farver’s homicide.

Goylar's attorney, James Martin Davis, says that more concrete evidence is needed to prove first degree murder.

"Well, I think it indicates to the judge that they need a little bit more probably if they're going to seek a conviction for first degree murder."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP. All tips will remain anonymous. Tips on all homicides that lead to an arrest will be paid up to $25,000.00.