Anisse Jawhari (center, front), the mother of Randa Jawhari, is surrounded by three of her daughters and her daughter-in-law.
This story is from Tri-County Times:
“Where are you, Randa?”
By Sharon Stone
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.