A press conference was held on Friday, Jan. 7, in Colorado City to update the Big Country on the whereabouts of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn. The conference was led by City Manager Pete Kampfer and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer Sparky Dean, with various local media outlets on hand as well.
Beginning at around 10:40 a.m., the press conference opened with the report that the search has been "narrowed" to the north area of Colorado City, within proximity of the house of Billie Jean Dunn, mother of the missing girl. The area is being canvassed by marked and unmarked officers.
The officers are conducting a very thorough investigation, going back over all details and are even re-interviewing various people. They would be following up any additional leads they have and will be asking citizens of the area for permission to do searches of the houses, closets and yards of the residents.
While at each residence within the vicinity, officers would also be asking each cognizant occupant a set of generic questions. Inquiries would be made such as: if the occupant knew Hailey, if she had been at or in the house, if she had computer access while in the house, and if they had any interest of Hailey being found.
Questions were asked about the recent appearance of Billie Jean Dunn on the Nancy Grace show, aired on Thursday night, Jan. 6, where Dunn stated that both she and her boyfriend Shawn Adkins failed a polygraph test. However, Colorado City city manager Pete Kampfer stated that he is unaware of how she came to such a conclusion. Kampfer noted that Dunn would not have known the results to the test because that information is not immediately shared. Four people from the DPS and even the FBI administered the polygraph test, and no statements had been made regarding the test results.
Dunn also stated while on the Nancy Grace show about several discrepancies about the search of her house on Wednesday. Kampfer dispelled Dunn's claim by reporting that officials have been to the house three times, but was uncertain of the exact times.
Also clarified during the press conference was that nobody has been detained regarding the investigation. No arrests have been made, but many witnesses have come in. It was also noted that officials still know of Adkins's whereabouts.
The estimated number of workers on Hailey's disappearance has now extended to 30. More workers would be coming in throughout the day and this evening, and the search has extended through the use of analysts in the Dallas area and in Austin. Also from the Dallas are most of the FBI personnel that are involved in the case.
DPS officer Sparky Dean said that he is in awe of the camaraderie of the community during such a tough time. He praised the efforts of all the officers and agencies involved as being among the "brightest and best minds of the nation". But in regards to the ongoing investigation, he stated, "All options are still on the table."
Both men asked for the public's coordination, saying, "We're not looking for trouble, we're looking for Hailey Dunn." They encouraged the public to follow the city's website, www.coloradocitytexas.com and the DPS press releases for the latest and most accurate information. "When it comes from here," said Kampfer, "it's basis of fact."
However, they are asking for the public to not interfere with the investigation. Both Kampfer and Dean are asking everyone to keep a positive energy and work forward to locate Hailey. Most importantly, they ask that citizens don't gossip.
Kampfer also extended a thank you to Lamar Sign Company for use of their billboards and digital signs in an effort to find Hailey. He also noted that Clear Communication, based in Arizona, would also be posting signs with Hailey's picture and contact information.
Even though officials are leading into the second weekend of Hailey's disappearance, Dean noted that the efforts will continue, with 100% of those involved being committed to engage in the search until Hailey is found.
Hailey, a Colorado City middle schools student, was last seen at 1804 Chestnut Street in Colorado City between 1 and 3 p.m., wearing navy blue sweatpants, a short sleeved light colored T-shirt and pink and white tennis shoes. She has hazel eyes, pierced ears and brown hair with blondish streaks. Hailey stands at 5'1" and weighs 120 pounds.
Please call 325-728-5294 or 325-728-3161 with any information on Hailey's disappearance. Also available is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's phone number, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).