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About three weeks have passed since Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn has been missing.
Even as time passes, the search remains strong. Law enforcement officials and even groups of volunteers continue searches daily locally in Colorado City, the small town of Dunn, and in various nearby counties.
Hailey was reported missing on December 28th by her mother, Billie Jean Dunn. She was reportedly last seen by Shawn Adkins, Dunn's former boyfriend, the afternoon of December 27th.
The search has even extended into Taylor county. On Friday afternoon, reports surfaced that a search for Hailey was being conducted at the Abilene Environmental Landfill, where Colorado City waste is brought. Law enforcement officials, wearing hazardous material (hazmat) suits, were on hand to assist in the search. Cadaver dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, used to detect the smell of decomposing bodies, were used as well.
The announcement of the search came up after Colorado City city manager Pete Kampfer stated on Friday that Adkins had been upgraded from a primary person of interest to a suspect in the disappearance. Adkins is still under constant surveillance by law enforcement, and no arrests have been made. The search in the landfill, which began on Thursday, wrapped up Friday night.
Throughout the weekend, continued efforts have taken place in Hailey's honor. A candlelight vigil was held Saturday afternoon at the Church of the Nazarene in Snyder. On Sunday morning, the Taylor County Sheriff's Posse lent a hand in the search efforts. The volunteers, which numbered to around 35, rode on horses to scour the land in parts of Scurry county, in an attempt to cover more area in contrast to a search on foot. The five-hour search concluded with no evidence found.