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5 years after disappearance, local family continues searching for answers

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Randa Jawhari's whereabouts is a mystery that haunts her family more and more each day, especially now that those days have turned to months and now years.

"It's very hard for the mind and the heart to grasp. For one, I may never see my sister again. I really don't have, I don't know, the hope that I have is fading, but the hope I do have is the truth with Randa," said Naheda Jawhari, Randa Jawhari's sister.

It was five years ago on Tuesday the 42-year-old Fenton woman vanished without a trace.  Police don't know if Randa walked away or if there was potentially foul play.

"Randa never went anywhere without telling us. She didn't do anything without telling us," said Naheda Jawhari.

In fact, Naheda Jawhari said her sister would talk to her and their parents several times a day.  Randa Jawhari had bipolar disorder, she couldn't drive, and it's believed she vanished wearing nothing but a blue robe, while leaving everything else at her apartment. Naheda Jawhari said that has her fearing the worst.

"Was she in pain? Did she suffer? Those are the things that's really hard. That's what's very difficult," said Naheda Jawhari.

But she hopes one day, her family will finally get the closure they need. And that closure can only come when they find out what happened to Randa Jawhari.

"I know whatever the truth is still going to sting, but we'll deal with it when that happens, but it's necessary, it's necessary to know how to deal with it," Naheda Jawhari said.

The family hopes somebody will have the courage to speak up if they know something. If you have any tips that could help police solve this case, you're encouraged to call Fenton police or leave anonymous tips with Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-SPEAK UP.

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