MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The husband of a Robertson County mother whose body was pulled from the Cumberland River last weekend doubts she committed suicide and told Nashville’s News 2 it’s likely his wife was murdered.
Michael Fryar last saw his wife, Shauna, and her four-month-old daughter, Zaylee, at the family’s home in Millersville on the morning of May 1.
“She was at the house. I was leaving for the store and I think she was feeding the baby,” he recalled.
Fryar told authorities when he returned from the store, his wife and Zaylee were gone, although her vehicle, cell phone, wallet and the child’s diaper bag were still at the residence.
On May 7, a passerby spotted a body in the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. That body was later determined to be Shauna Fryar’s.
Her infant daughter is still missing.
In an interview Thursday, Michael Fryar admitted that Shauna had struggled with drug abuse and may have been searching for cocaine at the time of their disappearance.
He told Nashville’s News 2 the three of them lived in a trailer he rented in hopes of creating a safe place for the mother and daughter.
“She had been living in motels here and there so we got the trailer so she’d have a safe place. It wasn’t a husband and wife thing. It was more of a roommate [thing]. We’d been split up for five years now. She was my best friend so I got us a place so she wouldn’t be running around,” he explained.
Fryar is not Zaylee’s biological father but he said he cared for the child like she was his own and was at the hospital when she was born.
He said he is hopeful Zaylee will be found safe and that he and his family can get custody of the child. He said he and Shauna have two children together and his parents currently have custody of them.
“You hear about this stuff happening and you never expect it to happen to you,” Fryar said.
Zaylee’s biological father is in jail in Rutherford County and has been since the mother and daughter went missing.
Anyone with information on Zaylee’s whereabouts is urged to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Zaylee has black hair and brown eyes. She weighs approximately 12 pounds, is 35 inches long and has a quarter-size birthmark on her right leg.