Denison copes with tragedy

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

DENISON -- The search for Denison High School student Sean Fryar came to an end Thursday morning after his body was found in Waterloo Lake.

Fryar, who was 17, had been missing since Sunday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

For the past five days, family and friends had been praying for the safe return of Sean Fryar.

Terry Fitch and his friend were out on Waterloo Lake fishing like they normally on Thursday morning.

"We had been all over the water and we accidentally came back by and we were just fixing to go around the bend and fish when we thought we saw a log and when we came back around I said, ‘That’s a ball cap, man’ and we turned to go back and there he was," Fitch said.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene to retrieve the body out of the lake where shortly thereafter he was pronounced dead.

Investigators confirmed the body as that of Denison High School student Sean Fryar.

While the mystery of Sean’s disappearance is over, there are still more questions that need answers.

News of the recovery spread quickly, as family and friends came to shores of the lake to find out the bad news.

Lt. Mike Eppler of the Denison Police Department says it is always hard to break that kind of bad news to the family.

"It’s very difficult to do something like that. There’s no good way to do it; it’s just a terrible, sad situation.

"They seem to cope better when they bond...when they grieve together."

Denison ISD superintendent Henry Scott says the district has counselors on hand to help students deal with a loss that has touched everyone at the school.

Police say the preliminary results of the autopsy should be known in two to three weeks.

Funeral arrangements for Sean have been set for next week.

Funeral services for Sean Fryar

Tuesday, 10 a.m.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church


Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. has also posted this story at for those who wish to share their thoughts, prayers, and memories of Sean Fryar.

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  • by Shermangirl Location: Sherman on Apr 24, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    This is truly a devestating time for the youth of Denison. This is why parents ask questions... you know, who, where, when, why you'll be back. It's not bc we want to be snoops, it's because we want to make sure that in circumstances like this, we know where you are. I know that when I was a teenager I hated my parents wanting to know who i was with and where i was going. I look back now and I'm glad they did. They do it because they love their children, not because they want to pop in and check on them. Parents make sure you tell your children everyday that you love them and always ask questions!! May God be with the Fryar family in this time now!! My prayers are with them!!!
  • by anonymous Location: denison on Apr 24, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    my child goes to DHS and while though she did not know Sean, a lot of her friends did. No one has anything but happy and funny stories to tell of him. i am happy to know that he brought so much light into so many people's life since he was only here for such a short time. i am sure his family had even greater happy and funny stories to remember. my heart goes out to his family and all of his friends. obviously, regardless of what "a believer" felt compelled to write his family had done a lot right. i hope is influence on the friends he had continues to reflect in the way they treat others.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Denison on Apr 23, 2007 at 03:32 PM
    I didn't know Sean personal but I do know how it feels to lose someone you are really close to my dad died a year ago and it is really hard to get over the lost of a love one.
  • by Denison High Football Team Location: D-Town on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:49 PM
    This goes out to the family members of Sean Fryar. We are sorry that you have to suffer this loss, and we would like for you to know that we feel the same way. Sean was a member of our family too, and we give our condolences to his family and friends...He will be missed, and we pray that he is in a better place...R.I.P. Sean Fryar.
  • by A Friend who cares alot... Location: Denison on Apr 23, 2007 at 11:50 AM
    hey sean im know you cant read this but im going to your funeral tommorow and that way i can see you one last time hopefully if they have and open casket funeral and i did what you wanted. You wanted everyone to be happy and not cry, i mean yeah i was sad and i still am sad but i know your happy, and i yes i wanted to cry alot but you didnt want that so i didnt cry out in front of everyone i heart was crying inside and still is and always will well SEAN I LOVE YOU BUBBA AND I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART THERE WILL ALWAYS BE APART OF YOU WITH ME BYE AND LOVE YOU FOREVER [[KENDRA]]
  • by Jennifer Location: Sherman, Texas on Apr 23, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    i go to st. john's episcopal church in pottsboro and we sometimes did events at st. luke's. all my love goes out to sean's family and friends. i also went to church camp with sean although i didnt know him all that well. but for the week that i spent with him he was always nice to me and to those that he met and seemed like he was a great friend, especially to those that knew him well. i know this must be a very difficult time for you all, but i want you to know that you are all in my prayers. God Bless!
  • by Teresa Location: Whitewright on Apr 21, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    God Bless you Frayar family.Teenagers everywhere,please tell each other that you love each other now. As we have found out we don't always get the chance later.I'm sure Sean new that you loved him but he would have loved to have heard it.Don't stop after his funeral to love his family or each other. God sees your pain and wants to comfort you all.
  • by Beth Location: Durant, Ok on Apr 21, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    Just wanted to say my heart goes out to the family of Sean. I to lost my son a year ago and I do understand the pain that you all feel. May God bless you all and give you comfort in this trying time. I wrote a poem for my son when passed away and the last verse I wish to share with you.... SO GO NOW MY SON, GO REST IN PEACE, GO HAVE SOME FUN AND I WILL SEE YOU WHEN I AM DONE. Thank God we have that promise of hope.God bless you.
  • by a grandma Location: denison on Apr 21, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    we will all ways love you.and all your friends will remember the good in peace.god bless all your freinds during this time.
  • by Ashlyn Location: Denison on Apr 21, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    i feel the pain as a friend thats known but my care goes to the family.Everything is going o be ok in the end .we will always miss his smile and personality but we should remember all the god times we've had and all the joy he brings.He wouldnt want us to be upset he would want all to be happy .i send my love and prayers to all!
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