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Missing teen's father putting faith in God that his daughter will be found

By Michael Slother  - bio | email

COLORADO CITY, TX (KCBD) - Friday night hundreds of people came to the First Baptist Church in Colorado City for a prayer vigil for Hailey Dunn. "Everybody is going to get together and pray for Hailey at the same time and give it to the Lord," said her father Clint Dunn.

After nearly 4 weeks, Clint said he's putting his faith in God that his daughter will be found. "Definitely I've put my trust in God. I guess you call upon God in your most desperate moments."

Search parties under Klaas Kids and the Laura Recovery Center have gone well, but Mark Klaas said unity needs to be achieved. "Obviously the goal is to bring Hailey home but everybody is working in isolation from everybody else," Klaas said.

Colorado City Manager Pete Kampfer said the number of people from outside agencies working on the case has lessened. He estimates about 10 people per day working on the case, down from 30 a week ago. "It's disappointing. I wish they'd call more people in to see what's going on, but I guess they're giving up," Dunn said.

Kampfer insists they're not giving up and that their investigation will continue even if numbers are lower. Dunn said conversations with Hailey's mother Billie are also less frequent. "We're in the same book, but not in the same page. We're not keeping a lot of contact, especially since the affidavits came out."

Those affidavits provided more information on Billie and her former live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. Adkins has been named a person of interest in the case. Clint said he tries not to think about that, and instead wants to focus on the positives, like community support. "It's made me realize people that don't know you at all can care so deeply and be so passionate about a person they've never met."

Search efforts will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. Those interested should be at least 18 and bring picture identification to the Colorado City Civic Center.

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