The family of a slain Hendersonville woman talked at the radio station where she worked in Asheville on Friday, the day after her body was found and her husband was charged with murder.
Shelby Sprowls Wilkie, 38, of Hendersonville, worked at Asheville Radio Group on Patton Avenue, where she was the business manager.
Friday night, her two brothers, sister and her father all spoke and were joined by other family members during the emotional press conference. Her family thanked law enforcement for the job they did in solving this case and finding Shelby.
Shelby's family said she was the glue that held her family together, planning family gatherings and raising her young daughter Sydney. They said during her last few days she was trying to leave an abusive relationship and was worried if she left, it might endanger her daughter.
"She will be greatly, greatly missed," said Shelby's sister Brandi Sprowls. "We love her dearly and she will forever live in our hearts and Sydney is just a beautiful piece of her that will be with us forever. She was a wonderful person, beautiful inside and out."
Sprowls also urged anyone in an abusive relationship to get out to save themselves.
"If you might be in a situation of abuse or being mistreated, take this as an example," said Sprowls. "Leave, leave and get out of a bad situation. If you don't think it's going to get better, leave. We don't want this to happen to anyone else. This is the worst pain we have ever felt. Please do what you can to leave and find a safe place."
As of Friday night, no funeral arrangements had been made.
The details of Shelby's death have not been released. She was reported missing on Jan. 2 by her husband Michael Wilkie, 39, when he said she did not return home from work that night.
Her SUV was located on Jan. 4 and after deputies questioned Michael further, they said he confessed.
Investigators found Shelby's body at 705 Kanuga Lake Road in Hendersonville on Thursday night after they charged Michael with first-degree murder. Deputies said several things that Michael told them did not add up, which led to his arrest.
Some of those details included the fact that Asheville Radio Group said Shelby was not in on Monday due to the New Year's holiday, that family and friends said she was planning to leave Michael on Wednesday and had retained an attorney for divorce proceedings, and that Michael had a history of domestic violence.
On Friday, Michael appeared before a District Court judge and was denied bond. Prosecutors said they would seek the maximum penalty.
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