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After two national agencies arrived to help find missing thirteen-year-old Hailey Dunn, a good number of volunteers responded to the call.
About 40 people showed up to the Colorado City Civic Center on Wednesday morning to help the KlaasKids Foundation and the Laura Recovery Center with law enforcement search efforts.
The foundations taught volunteers tips on what to do and not to do, as well as different search tactics. The search was conducted within the city limits of Colorado City, where search parties were formed and identified with neon orange vests.
By 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the number of volunteers had grown to 50. Both of Hailey's parents were in attendance to personally thank the volunteers. Clint Dunn, Hailey's father, arrived in the morning; Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, thanked volunteers in the afternoon. However, neither parent joined the search efforts.
Beginning at 9 a.m. each morning, volunteers can participate in searches that last from two to four hours. Each day at 3 p.m., searchers will return to the Civic Center for a debriefing. Volunteers must register to participate, and must be over 18 years of age with a photo ID. Appropriate clothing for the search efforts is strongly recommended.
While few developments to Hailey Dunn's disappearance were reported on Wednesday, Colorado City city manager Pete Kampfer did confirm that Hailey's 16-year-old brother, David, is no longer staying with his mother but a family relative. The Texas Department of Protective and Family Services were involved in David's placement in another home. However, Child Protective Services could not confirm their involvement in the placement, while Billie Jean Dunn told Nancy Grace on Wednesday night that David is staying at her brother's house in light of the continuous investigation.
Tips had been received on Wednesday that a girl's body had been found in a Coleman landfill, but officers continuously denied reports that the body was that of Hailey Dunn. Kampfer noted that landfills in Abilene, Big Spring, Snyder and Mitchell County have been searched by investigators, but not in Coleman. Yet, no evidence related to Hailey's case has been found.
Kampfer did state, however, that there are other persons of interest besides Shawn Adkins, a named suspect. Adkins was the last person to see Hailey on December 27th. Billie Jean Dunn reported Hailey a day later on the 28th.
Evidence and statements given by Adkins and others are still being looked into by law enforcement officials. Several reports from neighbors confirm seeing Hailey in town and around her house hours and even days before her disappearance.
Law enforcement did conduct a search in Scurry County on Wednesday, and have even searched around Lake Colorado City, but not inside the lake. Kampfer noted that no leads would prompt to a search in the lake, adding that to drag the lake would be an expensive task.
Should you have any information on Hailey's whereabouts, please call the Colorado City Police Department at 325-728-5294 or 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).