Fenton Press: Jawhari family won’t stop in search for missing Randa

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Fenton Press (Flint Journal): Jawhari family won’t stop in search for missing Randa

by Eric Fish | Fenton Press

Saturday May 30, 2009, 2:01 AM

FENTON, Michigan — Almost four months have passed since Randa Jawhari disappeared from her Shiawassee Avenue apartment. Police detective work, a $6,000 reward, a highway billboard and social networking Web sites have turned up little information in attempts to locate her.small_randa_jawhari

But the Jawhari family isn’t giving up on the search.

Last week, the family went from business to business in Fenton, reposting fliers detailing what they know about the woman’s disappearance. The family also has started a benefit fund and will host a vigil June 6 in downtown Fenton. Tuesday marks Randa Jawhari’s 43rd birthday.

“Hopefully, this will bring back an awareness that she’s still missing,” said her sister, Naheda Jawhari. “We had heard rumors that people thought she had been found.”

Randa Jawhari, described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds, went missing from her apartment Feb. 11. There were no signs of foul play, and police leads have come up empty.

“There’s no more new leads,” Naheda Jawhari said. “(The police are) doing what they can, but they’re waiting for someone to basically say, ‘There she is.’ They’re not getting the information that they need to find her.”

The Jawhari family has set up the Randa Jawhari benefit account at The State Bank and will accept donations from community members. Naheda Jawhari said funds from the account will be used to further the search.

“It’s kind of difficult, especially with the way the economy is, to ask for anything like that,” she said. “We’re to the point where we have no choice.”

The June 6 prayer vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at the Fenton Millpond on South Leroy Street next to City Hall. Naheda Jawhari said the downtown area was always one of her sister’s favorite spots. The community is welcome to attend.

“It’s a park that Randa always enjoyed going to,” Jawhari said. “We just thought it would be appropriate to honor my sister with a prayer vigil.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Randa Jawhari should call the Fenton Police Department at (810) 629-5311.

Randa Jawhari Benefit Fund Established

May 26, 2009 – Randa Jawhari Benefit Fund Established

The Jawhari family has put a hold on asking for financial help for as long as they could. This is so difficult, especially now with the economy the way it is. They have opened the “Randa Jawhari Benefit Fund” at The State Bank. All proceeds will help the Jawhari family to further help in the search of Randa. You can mail a check or money order to:

The State Bank
Attn: Mail Teller
PO Box 725
Fenton, Mi. 48430-0725

(810) 714-3914
(810) 629-3892

You may also make a deposit at any State Bank location.

The Jawhari family thanks you for your continued support, they appreciate all of you that have helped in Randa’s search, brought food, given them a shoulder to lean on and continue to pray for their family. May God’s blessings be upon you. May the peace of God rest upon you and your loved ones.

Fenton Police looking for man in connection with disappearance of Randa Jawhari

April 28, 2009: Flint Journal: Fenton Police looking for man in connection with disappearance of Randmedium_fwd__composite_sketch46a Jawhari

Fenton police Detective Ron Skarzynski said the man accompanied Jawhari on about five visits to a dentist’s office at Court Street and Dort Highway in October and November.

Jawhari was having a partial bridge made and a receptionist there told police the man seemed very impatient during the appointments.

The man was constantly asking how long Jawhari would be, said Skarzynski.

The dental receptionist recently met with a state police sketch artist and described the man with Jawhari as clean cut and 30 to 35. He was seen wearing a long, black leather jacket and silver chains around his neck.

Police want to talk with him to see if he has heard from her since she went missing.

Police have labeled the man a “person of interest” and said the investigation has not led them to suspect foul play in the disappearance.

Past headlines

billboardupMarch 31, 2009: Tri-County Times: Billboard to help in search for missing Fenton woman

March 26, 2009: Flint Journal: Billboard to seek information on missing Fenton woman Randa Jawhari

March 13, 2009: Fenton Press: Reward increases, search continues for missing Fenton woman Randa Jawhari

March 11, 2009: ABC12: Family hopes for safe return of Fenton woman (contains video)

March 6, 2009: NBC25: Missing Fenton woman’s family wants answers (contains video)

Quick Facts:

  • Randa Jawhari, 42, has been missing from her apartment on the 3000 block Shiawassee Avenue in Fenton, MI since February 11, 2009.
  • Jawhari last talked to her sister over the phone the night she disappeared but when her mother called the next morning, there was no answer at her Shiawassee Avenue apartment. Jawhari also failed to show up for her ride in the morning.
  • Jawhari is believed to be wearing a long, blue bathrobe, as it is missing from her apartment. She is a heavy smoker and her cigarettes were left at her apartment.
  • The Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation is offering a $5,000 reward in addition to the $1,000 already being offered by family members.
  • Jawhari is described as being a white female with brown hair standing 5’1″ tall and weighing 100 pounds. She has bipolar disorder and doesn’t own a car or possess a driver’s license.
  • If anyone has any information about Randa Jawhari’s whereabouts, please contact the Fenton Police Department at 810-629-5311.

Welcome

This is the new online news hub for the disappearance of Randa Jawhari. It is to serve as a place for the public to get information regarding her disappearance and to assist the media should they decide to interview her family.

Randa (pron. Ron-da) Jawhari has been missing since the evening of Tuesday, February 10, 2009. That night her mother was with her and helped her lay out her clothes for the next day. The last time anybody had any contact with her was around 11:30 p.m., when she was at her apartment on the 3000 block of Shiawasee Avenue in Fenton, Michigan. Though she is a heavy smoker, her cigarettes were left in tact at her place, and the only things missing from her apartment were a blue bathrobe and a brown jacket with white wool sleeves and a collar. The clothes that had been laid out had not been touched.

Randa is 42 years old, 5’1″ tall, approximately 100 lbs with curly brown hair, dark brown eyes, and a beautiful smile. She has bipolar disorder but had been on her medication and stable. She has family in Michigan and in Ohio. Randa is a mother, sister and daughter. Please help us find her.

Media inquiries can be directed to info@findranda.org.

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