- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Iowa woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman who may have been a romantic rival will stand trial.

A judge ruled Wednesday that 41-year-old Shanna Golyar of Persia, Iowa, will stand trial for death of 37-year-old Cari Farver of Macedonia, Iowa. Golyar was arrested in December of 2016 in Farver’s disappearance, who was last seen in Omaha in 2012. Golyar is being held on $5 million bail.

Omaha police detective Dave Schneider testified that Farver had stayed at her boyfriend’s apartment on Nov. 12, 2012. Authorities said Farver went to work the next morning and was never seen again.

Golyar’s attorney, James Davis, has denied the allegations and says there is no evidence that Farver is dead. Golyar told deputies that he she had only briefly met Farver once.

Police have not found Farver’s body or a murder weapon. According to authorities, investigators have detected evidence of Farver’s blood in Farver’s vehicle.

“We don’t have a body, we don’t have an autopsy, we don’t have a murder weapon, we don’t have any eyewitnesses saying she stabbed or shot or beat this lady,” Davis said.

Officials testified Golyar posed as Farver online and by phone for years after the disappearance, and posed as other people confessing to killing Farver. Pottawatomie County Sgt. Jim Doty, who took over the cold case in April 2015, testified Farver had been dating Golyar’s ex-boyfriend for some weeks. Doty said Golyar’s ex-boyfriend received about 10,000 emails that appeared to be from Farver for the next three years after Farver’s disappearance.

Pottawatomie County deputy Anthony Kava said an analysis of the man’s emails show they were linked to Golyar.

The prosecution and Farver’s family declined to comment after the hearing.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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