By Alex Butler - email
and Michael Slother - email
COLORADO CITY, TX (KCBD) - The search continues for a missing Colorado City girl. Texas Rangers and the FBI are now involved in the hunt for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn. She has been missing for more than a week.
Wednesday, Texas Rangers were searching the Dunn home as well as the backyard. Collecting items, wearing gloves, carrying boxes and duffle bags off of the property. The Rangers carried flashlights and gloves into a shed in the back that had signs on it. Those signs read, "Danger," and "No Unauthorized Personnel." No word yet on what they were looking for, but detectives have been meeting with the family today. Bille Jean, Hailey's mother, left the home with The Rangers at about 1:30PM and family members say that her boyfriend was interviewed by the FBI today.
City Manager, Pete Kampfer, says authorities are investigating specific individuals but he would not disclose any more information. "I know they are working on different leads and some of them could be referred to as suspects or subjects. Authorities are being very aggressive on that of course that's part of the investigation and I do not have those names, but I know they are working on those particular individuals," Kampfer said.
Authorities were initially considering this as a possible runaway case. Monday Colorado City police held a press conference and said that they were now considering Hailey a missing person.
Colorado City police, Mitchell County Sheriffs, Snyder police and Texas Rangers are all involved in the investigation.
Dunn was last seen leaving her house on December 27th around 3 p.m. Her mother's boyfriend Shawn Adkins said she was headed to her father's house and then to her friend Mary Beth's home just 5 blocks away. She never made it.
Authorities have been in meetings for the last few days following leads to get answers on what happened to the young girl.
"Texas Rangers are finally involved. I'm very happy about that, and I hope Colorado City Police Department isn't too proud to accept help from larger cities who may have some more experience or can give some insight, can come in and take a look and see that maybe, just anything simple hadn't been done yet," said Hailey's mother Billie Jean.
Colorado City Manager Pete Kampfer told us both Hailey's father and friend Mary Beth said they were not expecting a visit from Hailey. Police have not named any suspects as of Wednesday.
Hailey Dunn disappeared without a trace until bloodhounds searched the area. Officials say the dogs picked up her scent near the Western Suites off Interstate 20. Even though the dogs responded strongly to the area, there was no sign of Hailey. She was last seen with her mother's boyfriend.
Investigators say Hailey's mother's boyfriend could not take a polygraph because he was on prescription drugs. Billie Jean told Nancy Grace that her boyfriend, Adkins, would take a polygraph test Wednesday morning.
A $25,000 reward is now being offered for any information that will lead to Hailey's safe return.
Authorities in Colorado City requested an amber alert to be issued in the case but were denied 3 times for failing to meet the criteria. Kampfer said the missing criteria included: knowledge of a suspect, location of the abduction, description of a vehicle, and route or direction of travel.
Hailey's friends spoke out to television station KTSX in Abilene. One friend held back tears and said it was "hurtful, painful. We just want her home. She was my best friend." Another said, "I hope she comes home safely. Her Mom and Dad miss her, and so do we."
Hailey Dunn is 13 years old and weighs about 120 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing navy blue sweat pants, a light colored t-shirt, and pink and white tennis shoes.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call the Colorado City police at (325)-728-5294.
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