Pictured Above: Zaylee Grace Fryar — And Pictured Below; Shauna Marie Fryar

Zaylee’s Description:

Date of Birth: January 14, 2011

Biracial (Black/Caucasian) Female

Height: 2’0”     Weight: 12 lbs

Hair: Black     Eyes: Brown

Missing Since: May 1, 2011 Location: Millersville, TN

Distinguishing Features: Brown Birthmark on her Right Leg.

Published: October 27, 2012

→ Shauna Fryar was the 28-year-old mother of Zaylee Fryar. She had gotten married to Michael in 1999 and although Zaylee and Michael share the same last name, Michael is not the biological father of Zaylee.

Pictured: Michael Fryar, Shauna’s former husband, came home on 04/29/11 to find Shauna and Zaylee Fryar gone.

Shauna and Michael remained married for six years until they separated in 2005. During their separation they both dated other people and had children with other people, but remained legally married.  Shauna had 8 children at the time of her death, 2 of them being with Michael.  Michael regularly let Shauna stay with him when she needed to.  Shauna and Zaylee were living in Nashville and were homeless before they moved in with him again on April 29, 2011, just days before their disappearance.

According to Millersville police, on the night of Shauna and baby Zaylee’s disappearance, Michael Fryar had told authorities that he left his apartment around 9:00 pm on the night of  January 14, 2011 to go to the store and when he returned, both Zaylee and Shauna were gone.

He (Michael) said he became concerned when he noticed his wife didn’t take her vehicle, cell-phone, wallet and other important possessions including Zaylee’s diaper bag which she always brought with her just in-case.

The last confirmed sighting of the two came four month’s later, on Saturday April 30, 2011, when the two visited relatives in Pegram, TN and they were said to be in good spirits. Their family said that Shauna was happy at the time and appeared to be a loving and responsible mother to Zaylee.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Zaylee two days later, on Monday, May 1, 2011.

Almost a week after the amber alert was issued, a body was found in the Cumberland River, near the Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Nashville. Sadly, on 05/10/11, it was positively identified as the body of Shauna Marie Fryar. Metro Police Spokesperson Don Aaron said there was no visible trauma to Fryar’s body and an autopsy should determine how she died. Unfortunately the cause of death could not be determined. Police have stated however that they do not believe it was a suicide and suspect foul play.  Shauna was 28-years old.

Shauna does have a history of drug addiction, and it is believed that she may have been trying to obtain illegal drugs around the time that she and Zaylee went missing.

Shauna has disappeared for days at a time at least four times before and had always come home safely, so Michael did not report her and Zaylee missing until 05/05/11.

Zaylee’s father, Thurman McMurry was in jail for assault at the time of the her disappearance and Shauna’s death and he is not considered a suspect in either case.

As of October, 2012 Zaylee Fryar’s has not been located and is believed to be in danger. Her whereabouts remains unknown.

If you have any information regarding both cases please contact: Millersville Police Department – 1-615-859-2758 — You can also contact (NCMEC) National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)