Fenton Press (Flint Journal): Jawhari family won’t stop in search for missing Randa
by Eric Fish | Fenton PressSaturday 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.
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.