On February 11, 2009 at 11:30 PM Randa Jawhari vanished from her apartment complex, located on the 3000 block Shiawassee Avenue near U.S. 23 in the city of Fenton, MI.
Jawhari is a 43-year-old, white female with brown hair, 5’ 1”, and weighing 101 pounds. She has bipolar disorder and does not own a car or possess a driver’s license. She was last seen wearing a long, blue bathrobe.
There is a $1,000 reward to anyone with infomation about her location.
FENTON (WJRT) - (02/16/12) – There is new effort to find a missing Fenton mother who vanished three years ago.
The family, along with Crime Stoppers, is once again asking for information about the disappearance of Randa Jawhari.
She vanished from her apartment complex on Feb.11, 2009.
Her family says they just want closure.
“Just let your conscious speak, because somebody does know what happened to my sister that night. Just come forward and tell what happened to my sister because it is the right thing to do,” said Randa’s sister Rocky Jawhari.
If you have any information on Randa Jawhari’s disappearance, call Crime Stoppers at 800-Speak-Up.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan President John Broad speaks with members of the Jawhari family at the Fenton Police Department after a press conference on Thursday morning.
Fenton - It’s been three years since Randa Jawhari, 42, of Fenton, went missing with no solid leads. On the anniversary of her disappearance, Crime Stoppers is stepping in to help.
The popular 501 (c) 3 non profit, Detroit-based organization held a press conference at the Fenton Police Department with many of Randa’s family members Thursday morning, pleading with viewers to offer any information they might have. “I believe somebody knows something,” said sister Naheda. She pledged to never give up on her sister because she wouldn’t give up on them.
Randa’s mother said, “It’s been three years, very long time to wait.” Randa’s father David spoke on how difficult it was bringing up eight children.
“This family is more determined than any I’ve seen,” said Crime Stoppers President John Broad. “This is what Crime Stoppers does.”
Broad said that the organization has extracted clues on cases 10 years old, and received 5,900 tips in 2011, based on their press conferences. The organization also does billboards and flier campaigns.
After the piece airs on ABC 12, Crime Stoppers will run it on their website, and Facebook page. Tips leading to an arrest will be awarded up to $1,000, anonymously. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Randa Jawhari can call 1-800-speak up.
It’s been over three years now and Randa Jawhari is still missing. Her sister recently put together this new video tribute to her. Please view and share it as much as you can, it has many photos of Randa in it and keep your eyes open for her wherever you are!!
Flint Journal file photoFebruary 11, 2010 marked the one year anniversary of the day that Randa Jawhari went missing from her Fenton apartment. With no new leads Naheda (left) and Rocky Jawhari (right) and their 4 other siblings and parents continue the search for their sister.
FENTON (WJRT) — (02/08/11)–Two years ago this week, a Fenton woman vanished from her home. For the first time, police are releasing a picture from the morning of her disappearance, hoping it may spark a new lead in the case.
The picture is a snapshot from surveillance video outside Randa Jawhari’s apartment complex. Police believe the picture could help solve the mystery of Jawhari’s disappearance.
“The quality is poor, but you can make out the image of the car,” said Fenton Police Department Det. Ron Skarzynski.
It’s a snapshot that could unlock the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Jawhari.
“It isn’t something that I think she walked away of her own free will,” said Fenton Police Chief Richard Aro.
It’s been two years since Jawhari vanished from her Fenton apartment. All of her belongings — including her purse — were left behind.
“You’re stuck in that same day you can’t move past that day,” said sister Rocky Jawhari.
The case is still open.
“I don’t think there is going to be a good outcome to this,” Aro said.
But nearly two years to the date since she was last seen, there is a renewed effort to find her. For the first time, police have released the snapshot from the morning she disappeared.
It shows a car leaving her apartment complex.
“It’s obviously a small, two-toned dark compact car and it did come into the apartment complex,” Skarzynski said. “Maybe it was visiting. Maybe it was dropping something off. We don’t know.”
“Hopefully he will get more clues to what happened that night and that’s what we’re praying for,” Rocky Jawhari said.
“If she is deceased, I want her to rest in peace,” said sister Naheda Jawhari. “If we knew that we could all rest in the closure and move on.”
If you have any information about the car seen in the picture or other information, call Fenton police.
FENTON (WJRT) — (02/06/10) — It has been nearly a year since a Fenton woman vanished from her apartment.
Police still don’t have any solid leads, but her family still hopes for her safe return.
Randa Jawhari was last seen a year ago next week in her Fenton apartment on Shiawassee Avenue.
Her family is now desperate for closure.
It’s said losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. For Anisse Jawhari, not knowing the whereabouts of her daughter is even worse. “If she is dead, I want to know. If she is alive, I want to know.”
Forty-three-year-old Randa Jawhari disappeared last February. Since then, birthdays and holidays have come and gone, but the Jawhari family remains stranded in time.
‘It’s like the world keeps living, but we have stopped on that day. Until we know what happened to my sister, we can’t go on,” Jawhari’s sister Rocky said.
A sketch of a so-called person of interest was released several months ago, but it hasn’t brought police any new leads.
The family set up a Facebook page in Randa’s honor. On it are messages of hope, prayers of support and pleas for help to find her. “I feel like we can let our emotions out we can talk to her, or talk to whoever knows anything,” said Rocky.
There is a billboard along U.S. 23 and posters still hang on business windows throughout the community that is also looking for answers. “It almost comes up almost every day in conversation. Any news, ya know? Have they heard anything? There are no clues, so that makes it doubly agonizing,” business owner Elizabeth Dickens said.
Brother Sam Jawhari says the family needs to know the fate of their loved one. “You can deal with anything when you know someone passed. You deal with it, but it just eats you alive. Is someone holding her hostage? Is she dead on the side of the road? All these things keep playing in your mind.”
Fenton police ask anyone with information to come forward.
Thursday marks the year anniversary of the day that Randa Jawhari went missing from her Fenton apartment. With no new leads, Naheda (left) and Rocky Jawhari (right) and their four other siblings and parents continue the search for their sister.
FENTON, Michigan — On the 11th day of every month, Naheda Jawhari has a hard time getting out of bed. Diana Anderson feels paralyzed those days. Anissa Jawhari will lose sleep.It’s not simply a coincidence. The seven siblings and parents of Randa Jawhari find it hard to function every month that’s gone by without her.
“I don’t even realize what’s going on, then I realize it’s the 11th,” said Diana Anderson, 37, Randa’s younger sister. “It washes over me. We are so close, but at the same time, you carry each other’s pain and burden. You fall apart.”Randa Jawhari
There were no signs of foul play, no evidence of why she left. Randa seems to have vanished, her family says, leaving behind everything but a bathrobe.
“She called each and every one of us eight times a day,” said Naheda Jawhari. “And if we didn’t answer, she’d leave a never-ending message.”
Randa’s mother, Anissa Jawhari, knew something was wrong when she hadn’t heard from her daugher by 7 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2009.
Randa’s daughter, Mattilyn, 7, lives with Anissa Jawhari, and Randa would call every morning before Mattilyn went to school, Anissa said.
That morning she didn’t.
“Randa can not function without her family,” said her brother, Sam Jawhari, 50. “She needed us and she knew it.”
Fenton police are searching for a man seen with Randa a few months before she went missing.
Randa, 43, has bipolar disorder and suffered from bouts of depression. Family members say she wouldn’t leave her daughter, and when she didn’t return for Mattilyn’s birthday in April, a little more hope was lost.Randa is artistic, having written a book of poems illustrated with sketches and paintings she had done. She was once an aspiring actress, had a small role in the 1994 film “True Lies,” and taught acting classes at the Rainbow Connection in Flint.
The days following Randa’s disappearance, police and volunteers scoured fields, roadways and other areas. A helicopter searched overhead for her. Police have followed up every tip they’ve had, said Fenton police Detective Ron Skarzynski said.
Police have few leads to follow. The tips have dried up. Police are seeking any information about a man seen with Randa a few months before she went missing.
The man was seen with Randa at a dental appointment and described as clean cut and 30 to 35 years old. He was wearing a long, black leather jacket and silver chains around his neck.
Skarzynski is hoping to find the man to at least rule him out as a suspect.
“It’s not a crime to go missing,” he said. “Nobody has called us with any information of seeing her. … It’s starting to make us think she’s not in the area.”
This is the only missing person case of this magnitude the Fenton police department has handled in recent history, Skarzynski said.
For the family, any information at all will be helpful.
“I went to a funeral, and I was jealous,” Anderson said. “That family at least had closure. There’s no closure.”
For now, Randa’s information is on a billboard that hangs over U.S. 23 and a Web site, www.findranda.org. The family is offering a $6,000 reward in the case.
“We just don’t want her forgotten,” Naheda Jawhari said. “We are stuck. We are here in limbo.”
Find Randa Jawhari
Randa Jawhari, 43, is 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds.
She was discovered missing from her Fenton apartment on Feb. 11, 2009.
Police are seeking information on a man last seen with Randa in fall 2008.
Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 11:28 AM EST
Fenton — It’s been 287 days and there is still no sign of Randa Jawhari, a Fenton woman who vanished without a trace, sometime during the very late night hours of Tuesday, Feb. 10 and early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 11.
As families across the country are getting together for Thanksgiving dinners, the Jawhari family must cope with the fact that one chair at the dining room table will be empty.
Randa, 43, was reported missing Feb. 11 after her mother, Anisse Jawhari went to her Shiawassee Avenue apartment and found the apartment empty. Randa had lived there for about five months. She kept in touch with her large family constantly by using her apartment phone.
Bracing herself for the upcoming holidays, Randa’s mother knows they will be difficult. “Anytime I’m by myself, I cry for Randa.
“I say, where are you, Randa?” Anisse said as she glanced at photos of Randa, on display in her Fenton home.
Anisse and her husband David will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at their home and will be serving traditional family favorites, dating back to their Lebanese heritage. Anisse and David, and seven of their children were born in Lebanon.
After the elder Jawharis married, they came over to the United States to be with relatives in Ohio. They brought three of their children with them, and sent for the other four 10 months later after they settled in. Their youngest daughter, Diana, was the only child born in the United States.
After a visit to an uncle in Holly, the Jawharis moved from the Parma, Ohio area to Fenton and have lived in town ever since. The Jawharis own Beirut Restaurant in Linden.
Some of the Jawhari favorites include Chicken Hashwe, adorned with rice and nuts. Homemade hummus, baked eggplant, Fatoush salad and homemade dressings are also expected to bring some comfort to the large, family get together. For dessert, Anisse said Baklava, a big one, will be served, along with some fruit salad.
Anisse said she contemplated canceling Thanksgiving dinner, however, her son, Sam insisted everyone get together for the sake of the children. As the prayer is said, Anisse said the entire family will pray for Randa’s return.
Coping with so many unknowns has taken a toll on the family. Anisse does not understand why her daughter does not show up on the surveillance video that monitors the apartment complex parking lot. She does not know why Randa left a coat, her ID and her cigarettes behind. Continue reading →