Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson confirmed Friday that human remains found in March are those of missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn. The final word brought more than two years of searching, waiting and praying to a tragic conclusion.
"On April 26, 2013, the Scurry County District Attorney's office received confirmation that the remains have been positively identified as those of Hailey Dunn," Wilson said.
The remains were found March 16 at an undisclosed location near Lake J.B. Thomas, about 20 miles north of Colorado City. They were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, where they were identified through DNA analysis.
There was speculation from the day she was reported missing, December 28, 2010, that the 13-year-old cheerleader had been murdered, and her body dumped near Snyder. That's because the former boyfriend of Dunn's mother, the last person to see her alive, had relatives in Scurry County.
Coincidentally, in March of 2012, human remains were found less than a mile from Adkins' mother's home. It was quickly determined that they were the remains of a male.
The searches for Hailey continued, attracting national attention on cable news channels and social media. Dozens of billboards lined major highways in North and West Texas. Organized searches covered the Big Country and the High Plains from Colorado City to Snyder. Prayer vigils were held in her hometown of Colorado City. The searches tapered off however, as days turned into months and then a year and then another.
Now the search for Hailey Dunn shifts into an investigation into her disappearance and death. Shawn Adkins was the only named person of interest during the investigation. Is he now a suspect? Sheriff Wilson refused to take any questions once he confirmed the identity of the remains and asked for help with the investigation.
At one time, Billie Jean Dunn, Hailey's mother, was questioned about the disappearance. She was arrested for hindering prosecution and making a false statement to police concerning her boyfriend's whereabouts. She was sentenced to a year of probation.
The Scurry County Sheriff's Office and the FBI Dallas Division are asking anyone who has information related to Hailey's disappearance and death to contact them.
Scurry County Sheriff's Office - (325) 573-3551
FBI Dallas Division - (972) 559-5000
Crime Stoppers - 1-800-252-8477
To submit a tip online - tips.fbi.gov
Tips can remain anonymous.
The Scurry County Sheriff, Texas Rangers and the FBI confirmed Friday afternoon that human remains found in Scurry County in March are those of Hailey Dunn, the Colorado City teen who has been missing for more than two years. The remains were found near Lake J.B. Thomas near Snyder March 16th.
Dunn, who was reported missing December 28th 2010, has been the subject of numerous searches and high profile missing person alerts ever since.
Her disappearance became a nationwide story, spread by cable news channels and social media. The search effort included billboards along the I-20 corridor and numerous searches over a large portion of West Texas.