It has been one year since the remains of Hailey Dunn were found, near Lake J.B. Thomas, less than an hour's drive from her Colorado City, Texas home. She was 13 when she disappeared on December 27, 2010. Shawn Adkins, the then boyfriend of her mother, told police she had left that day, walking to a friend's house to spend the night. However, she never arrived and the friend said she had no knowledge of the sleepover plans. Adkins was named a person of interest in the teen's disappearance, but no charges have been filed.
Curtis Lloyd found Hailey's remains while fossil hunting. He said he found a skull, a tooth, and a femur, along with items of clothing similar to what she had been wearing when she was last seen. Manner and cause of death has not yet been determined, or at least not publicly released. It has not been officially confirmed that Hailey's death is a homicide, but how else would she have wound up so far from home? It would be pretty unlikely that she walked all the way there, much less that she would have been in an area where, if injured, she would remain undiscovered for so long.
The cheerleader from Colorado City Middle School should be turning 17 this summer, preparing for her senior year of high school. Who is responsible for the death of Hailey Dunn? Unless someone comes forward with information, that question may never be answered. Her mother, Billie Dunn, is still waiting for her daughter's remains to be returned to the family, so they can give her a proper burial. However, with the investigation still pending, the time may not yet be right for that. Maybe there is still information they can get from those remains that will lead to her killer. Maybe someday there will be justice for Hailey.