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A year late, family still searching for missing Randa Jawhari
February 06, 2010, 7:00AM
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.
“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
It’s been nearly a year since Randa Jawhari disappeared from her Shiawassee Avenue apartment in Fenton.
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.”
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.
- More details, www.findranda.org.
- Call Fenton police at (810) 629-5311 with any information.