On March 16, 2013, local authorities were notified of human remains located near Lake J.B. Thomas in southwest Scurry County. The remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA analysis. On April 26, 2013, the Scurry County District Attorney's office received written confirmation that the remains have been positively identified as those of Hailey Dunn.
On Dec. 28, 2010, 13-year-old Hailey was reported missing by her mother, Billie Dunn. The report was taken by the Colorado City Police Department and she has been listed as a missing person since that date.
This is a joint investigation of the Scurry County Sheriff's Office, the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Rangers and other local and county officials.
The investigation into the circumstances of Hailey's disappearance and death is ongoing, and official information regarding the investigation will come from the office of the Scurry County Sheriff or his designee.
Hailey's paternal grandmother, Connie Jones attended a news conference on Friday in which Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson announced the results of the findings in the case.
"I just want to know why," she said. "At least now we can get some closure, we can bury her and she can be at peace."
Also at the news conference was Freda Radcliff who was an organizer of Hailey's Angels, an organization dedicated to finding Hailey Dunn. "We've been searching for her for two years, and it's like losing a child of your own. I hate it. I wish we could have brought her back," Radcliff said. "She's home now. Now what we have to do is get some justice for Hailey."
Both Jones and Radcliff say that they believe Shawn Adkins — the former live-in boyfriend of Hailey's mother at the time of Hailey's disappearance — had something to do with Hailey's death.
Dunn was 13 when her mother reported her missing on Dec. 28, 2010. According to investigators, Adkins quit his job in Snyder the day of the teen’s disappearance and is the last known person to have seen her.
According to Billie and Adkins, Hailey was on her way to a friend’s house across the street from their home when she went missing.
The pair failed polygraph tests when questioned about Hailey, according to an affidavit.
On two occasions, Adkins reportedly walked out of the polygraph examinations he volunteered for. He failed the first phase of his third exam and during the second phase, indicated Hailey Dunn could be found in Scurry County but refused to complete the examination when more specific questions about her location were asked.
According to the affidavit, investigators used cell phone records to discover Adkins allegedly did not accurately portray his whereabouts the day of Hailey’s disappearance.
Investigators also said they discovered hundreds of articles about mass murderers in Adkins’s and Billie’s bedroom.
Hailey Dunn’s disappearance garnered national attention, including discussion on Nancy Grace.
Those with information to provide about the disappearance of Hailey Dunn can call the Scurry County Sheriff's Office 325-573-3551, the FBI Dallas Division 972-559-5000, Crime Stoppers 1-800-252-8477 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. Callers may remain anonymous.