Big Spring, TX - Hailey Dunn, the missing thirteen-year-old from Colorado City, Texas, may have been found. Fifteen months after her December 2010 disappearance, a body was located on Tuesday afternoon near an air park in Big Spring. UPDATE 12:07 PM 3/23/12 – Apparently not. The body, on autopsy, appears male and is not Hailey Dunn. So that’s that – and Hailey is still missing. (imp)
Hailey’s case captured the nation’s attention at the time of her disappearance because Nancy Freakin’ Grace put up Hailey’s eighth grade cheerleader picture and called her “Missing Texas Cheerleader” in one of the more egregious cases of Missing White Girl Syndrome we’ve ever seen.
Within weeks, though, even the ol’ NG was off the case when it became clear that Hailey’s family life was more jacked up than a vintage Chevy in a redneck’s front yard.
From early on, it was clear to many of Hailey’s supporters that the bright, funny teenager was probably dead. Both her mother, Billie Dunn, and her mother’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, reportedly failed polygraphs regarding the circumstances of Hailey’s disappearance.
Later, pedobear bait was allegedly found on a computer owned by Shawn’s mother’s family in Big Spring, just a mile from where the as-yet-unidentified remains were found this week.
No charges were ever filed on the alleged kiddie porn, though, and eventually it began to appear as though Shawn Adkins was a horror-loving goofball who just happened to have an unlucky timeline, and Billie Dunn was just dumb as a box of hammers and didn’t mind her man taking vids of her doing kinky things. It happens, okay? Doesn’t mean they killed anyone, especially when eyewitnesses said they saw Hailey as late as the night of December 27, hours after she was presumed abducted and/or killed in her home.
Here’s the thing, though. The rumor mill in West Texas is close-knit, and those closely involved with Hailey’s case have a long history of talking. So far, I have been told by telephone that the body found was an adolescent, possibly with blondish long hair.
The remains are reported to have been there, allegedly wrapped first in a blanket and then in a trash bag, for between six months and two years. One source, who has asked not to be named, tells me that the body was in or near clothing that matches the description of Hailey’s last known outfit – dark jogging pants and a light colored t-shirt. None of this has as yet been confirmed by law enforcement or the media.
I have spent a little time talking with Billie Dunn, and despite her occasional inconsistencies, I have no evidence that she or Shawn killed her daughter. But if Hailey’s body has been found a mile from Shawn’s mother’s house, that doesn’t look too good for Shawn. Especially since phone records showed Adkins traveled from work to Colorado City the morning Hailey disappeared, then to his mother’s house, where he placed nearly a dozen calls.
If it turns out that Hailey really was wrapped in a blanket of some kind, well that doesn’t look too good for Billie Dunn, either. Until dental records, DNA or other identification verifies that the body found is Hailey’s, we’ll just have to wait and see.