By Michael Slother - email
COLORADO CITY, TX (KCBD) - It's been 2 weeks and 13-year-old Hailey Dunn is still missing. On Monday investigators were following up on leads around Colorado City. Hailey's mother and father spoke to NewsChannel 11 for the first time on Monday.
DPS Trooper Sparky Dean was quoted in other reports as saying they're confident Hailey is alive and hiding. Monday he clarified saying that while he hopes that is the case, there is no evidence that Hailey is hiding.
Authorities went to Hailey's middle school on Monday to speak with two girls reportedly seen with her near the time of her disappearance. Authorities confirmed they did talk with students, but wouldn't release whether they were the students they were looking for.
Hailey's parents say they hope tips continue to come in. They say it could be exactly what investigators need to bring their daughter home. "Even if you think it wasn't a big deal or its not important, it may be, it may be what investigators are looking for," said Hailey's mother Billie.
"I'm not going quit searching and I'm going do everything I can to make this bigger and more worldwide until she's found," said her father Clint.
After 2 weeks have passed, her parents say the last thing they want is for the public to forget about their little girl. "It's tough when we don't have any new news that we can say but I appreciate people keeping my daughters face up there on the news," said Billie.
In Monday's latest press release, authorities announced they had no new information to report. They did say there were over 100 billboards across the state with Hailey's information and picture. Investigators say that may be better than an amber alert, which doesn't have pictures.
The family says optimism comes and goes; but they're confident authorities will find their daughter. "I'm really scared for her my gut feeling goes worse after each night goes by," said Clint.
"We hope for the best but we still fear for the worst we have our moments when we break down and we can't be strong anywhere," Billie said.
Even though there were no major updates on Monday, Colorado City city manager Pete
Kampfer says the investigation is heating up. "They're focusing on multiple leads that go in different directions; and they're continuing to build leads and so they've got a ton working."
"God gave Hailey to me and to Clint. She's our daughter. We want her back, we love her and she's just a 13 year old little girl," Billie said.
Authorities encourage anyone with information to call the Colorado City police department at (325)-728-5294 or 1-800-The-Lost.
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