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Who was Cari Farver?


A love triangle turned deadly and resulted in the headline-grabbing murder of Cari Farver.

Police investigated Cari’s mysterious disappearance for years before arresting and charging her killer, Shanna Golyar.

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Cari pictured with her dad before she fell victim to Shanna Golyar due to their involvement with the same guy

Who was Cari Farver?

Cari Farver was a resident of Omaha, Nebraska who was romantically involved with a man named Dave Kroupa.

The two started dating after a chance meeting at an auto repair shop.

While recounting his romance, Dave told ABC, “When we looked at each other, there was a little spark.”

“She shows me something inside the vehicle and we’re standing there, and we’re very close…and there was some tension.”

Who was Cari Farver?
Who was Cari Farver?

What happened to Carl Farver?

Around the same time, Dave was also involved with another woman named Shanna Golyar.

He met Shanna six months prior after hooking up through an online dating app.

While involved with both women, Cari was last seen on November 13, 2012.

She disappeared for years due to her disappearance at the hands of Shanna.

Following Cari’s disappearance, Shanna repeatedly disguised herself as the deceased victim to distract authorities from her trail during the investigation.

During this time, the attacker impersonated the victim several times on social networks to write messages and send messages to his relatives.

In May 2013, Shanna circulated a noticeably long Facebook post through Cari’s profile.

Full of grammatical errors, the message on the missing woman’s page read, “I’ve answered enough questions to prove to everyone that I’m done.”

Who was Cari Farver?

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Shanna Golyar posed as Cari for years before being apprehended for her murder

“You can’t believe I’m your daughter, mother, sister and friend that you’ve known your whole life or you can just leave me alone.”

The alarming post further added, “I left of my own free will and I’m sick of everyone giving me a hard time doing what I had to do.”

“I don’t miss, I just don’t want to go home yet.”

“I am a grown woman and if I want to leave the house, I have the right to do so.”

While posing as Cari, Shanna even went so far as to mention her own son and said in the same post, “I asked my son Max (Maxwell James) to come with me but you wouldn’t. “

“So when I’m ready to go home, I will. I’m sorry I hurt everyone and get up and go.”

Who Killed Cari Farver?

On December 22, 2016, Shanna Golyar was apprehended by Nebraska law enforcement.

She was charged with the first degree murder of Cari Farver and her bench trial began on May 10, 2017.

She was convicted of the murder, with an additional charge of arson, and sentenced to life in prison.

Who was Cari Farver?
Who was Cari Farver?

Although the mystery of Cari’s attacker has been determined and thrown behind bars, the body of the late victim was never found and remains missing.

On May 18, 2022, Dateline covered the story of mistaken identity and murder for that night’s episode.

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