Possible Dunn remains will require investigation to identify

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Updated: 3/21/2012 11:27 pm

There is no official connection so far between the human remains found in a pasture near the Big Spring airpark and the missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn. FBI agents worked the scene Wednesday.

“The scene is in their hands and they will handle the collection of the evidence,” Big Spring Police Sergeant Tony Everett said.

Yellow flags pin point the location of bones. Police indicate the remains were found intact and appeared to be those of a teenager. The gender and identification will have to be determined by forensics. 

“We will send these remains to the pathologist for autopsy. We will also possibly have someone who specializes in bones have a look at this and see what we have,” Everett said.

The body has been subjected to extreme decomposition. Everett said it's apparent the remains have been at this site for a long time.

“The remains are partially mummified and skeleton,” Everett said.

The site is about 40 miles from Colorado City where Dunn disappeared two days after Christmas in 2010. Police interviewed Hailey’s mother's live-in boyfriend Shawn Adkins several times. Police considered him a person of interest but never a suspect. Adkins was reportedly the last person to see the 13-year-old alive. The remains were found about a mile from Adkins' mother's home.

Holly Jenkins helped in the search for Hailey Dunn. Her heart dropped when she heard that human remains were found.

“I wanted to see for myself why I didn't come here,” Jenkins said. “I’m looking at it right now knowing that something was found there. I would still say I could not go over there and I can't go in private property over a fence. Searchers wouldn't have been able to go over there.”

Massive searches were conducted by teams from all over the nation. They covered the Big Country and the High Plains from Colorado City to Snyder following the disappearance, but the searches tapered off as days turned to months and now more than a year. Billboards featuring the missing teen are still posted on I-20 between far West Texas and the Fort Worth area.      

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