Zaylee Grace Fryar

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Above Images: Zaylee, circa 2011

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 2011 from Millersville, Tennessee
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 2011
  • Age: 3 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 12 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Zaylee has a brown quarter-sized birthmark on her right leg.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zaylee disappeared with her mother, Shauna Marie Fryar, from Millersville, Tennessee on May 1, 2011. A photo of Shauna is posted below this case summary. Shauna's husband, Michael Fryar (who is not Zaylee's father), left their home on C Road at 9:00 p.m. to go to the store. When he returned, Shauna and Zaylee were both gone, although Shauna's Honda Accord, wallet and cellular phone were left behind and so was Zaylee's diaper bag. Shauna had dropped out of sight for days at at time at least four times before and had always come home safely, so Michael didn't report her and Zaylee missing until May 5. Shauna had a history of drug abuse and authorities believe she may have gone out to look for drugs on the day of her disappearance.

    On May 6, Shauna's body was pulled out of the Cumberland River near the Jefferson Street bridge in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It wasn't identified until May 10, and there was no sign of Zaylee. There were no signs of trauma to Shauna's body and the cause of death could not be determined; authorities aren't even sure whether Shauna was dead before she was in the river. However, investigators said they did not think it was a suicide and believed foul play may have been involved. She was 28 years old.

    Shauna and Michael married in 1999 and separated in 2005. They both dated other people and had children by other people, but they remained legally married and were still friends. 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, just a few days before they went missing.

    Shauna's loved ones said she was happy at the time of her disappearance and appeared to be a responsible and loving mother to Zaylee in spite of her drug abuse history. Michael stated he loved Zaylee and took care of her as if she was his own child, he had been at the hospital when she was born, and he hoped to get custody of her. Both of Shauna's parents are dead. By the time of her own death she had eight children in all, two of whom were Michael's. The oldest child was twelve years old. One of Shauna's children died before she went missing, and all the others besides Zaylee lived with various relatives, including Michael's parents.

    Zaylee's father, Thurman McMurry, was in jail for assault at the time of the baby's disappearance and Shauna's death, and isn't considered a suspect in the case. A photo of McMurry is posted below this case summary. He and Shauna had dated for about a year and he was looking forward to seeing her and Zaylee again after his release from custody in mid-May. Photos of Shauna, Michael and McMurry are posted below this case summary.

    The circumstances of Zaylee's disappearance are unclear, but she is considered to be in danger. Her case remains unsolved.

    Shauna Michael McMurry
    Left: Shauna Fryar;
    Center: Michael Fryar;
    Right: Thurman McMurry

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Millersville Police Department
    615-859-2758

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    News Channel 5
    The Tennesseean
    The Nashville City Paper
    WKRN

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 8, 2011; casefile added.

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