The wife of a missing South Carolina boater — who vanished four months ago — has given birth to the couple’s first child.
Tyler Doyle, 22, of Loris, was last seen on Jan. 26 when his duck hunting boat sank off the coast of North Myrtle Beach.
Doyle’s wife, Lakelyn, was pregnant when her husband disappeared and gave birth to their daughter last month, The Sun News reported.
Social media posts from before Tyler’s disappearance hinted that the couple planned to name the baby Paisley Grace.
Meanwhile, shortly after her husband went missing, Lakelyn asked a friend to shut down the family’s GoFundMe “due to the rumors and everything going around.”
“She [would] rather go without, then to deal with drama and rumors while she’s actively searching for her missing husband … as a [woman who is] 30 weeks pregnant she can’t handle everyone’s opinion and stress on her body for the baby’s sake,” family friend Hannah Faulk wrote in early February.
Although it is unclear exactly what gossip prompted the request for donations to stop, Tyler’s brother, Reed, also posted on Facebook slamming “everyone who’s out there spreading rumors about my brother.”
There has been no sign of Tyler since his duck decoys, waders, and wallet were found about two miles offshore on Jan. 31, The Sun News said.
“Our officers, when on routine patrol, continue to look for Tyler Doyle,” the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources told the outlet.
“Tactics have not changed.”
No foul play is suspected.
The family also announced last month that Tyler was added to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS).
At the time of his disappearance, the 22-year-old was wearing khaki pants, a white t-shirt and a camouflage float coat.
He is between 5’9” and 5’10” tall and weighs 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.