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Father opens up about losing 3-year-old left in patrol car

Ryan Hyer holding his daughter Cheyenne. (Photo source: Ryan Hyer) Ryan Hyer holding his daughter Cheyenne. (Photo source: Ryan Hyer)
Cheyenne was left in her mother's patrol car for several hours  and later found dead inside.  (Photo source: Ryan Hyer) Cheyenne was left in her mother's patrol car for several hours and later found dead inside. (Photo source: Ryan Hyer)
Ryan Hyer says he will never forget his daughter's signature tongue out smile. (Photo source: Ryan Hyer) Ryan Hyer says he will never forget his daughter's signature tongue out smile. (Photo source: Ryan Hyer)
Jacksonville, FL (WLOX) -

Ryan Hyer said right now he is going through every parent's worst nightmare. 

"You know, you hear about these situations on the news all the time, killed in a car crash or home invasion and even left in a hot car, and the last thing you could ever expect or could even prepare for is having a knock on your front door and an officer telling you your child is gone," Hyer said. 

The last time the 35-year-old saw his daughter was March of 2015. 

"We called her Shy for short, because she would always scrunch her shoulder up and give you that little look like she was being shy, but that was her trick, because you would think that she'd be shy, but she's far from it," said Hyer. 

Hyer said Shy was like other little girls. Hyper at times, happy, and loved to give out hugs. 

"Anything and everything would make her smile," said Hyer. 

Hyer and Shy's mother, 27-year-old Cassie Barker, split shortly after Shy's second birthday. That's when Hyer moved back to Florida. After that, he said their verbal custody agreement kept him from seeing his daughter regularly. 

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Since Cheyenne's death, Hyer said he's had difficulty getting any answers from law enforcement. 

"Hancock County investigators, I haven't gotten one piece of information. Keep getting the run around. Run around," he added. 

Hyer hired an attorney to help get Cheyenne's body to Florida where he plans on burying her at Chapel Hills Garden in Jacksonville.

"My daughter will be at peace. That is the first thing I'm worried about verses the investigation. I know it's taking them a long time, which it shouldn't be taking this long, but if they already have the facts that she was left unattended, whatever the case may be of why she passed away, she was still left in a car unattended for four hours," said the heartbroken father. "Keep her in your prayers, and if you have little ones yourself, hold them tight, and tell them you love them, because you never know when it will be your last." 

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk tells us toxicology and police reports must be completed before a cause of death is determined.

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