COLORADO CITY, TX (KCBD) - The mother of missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn admits she lied to officials when they came to her home looking for her boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. She was taken into custody on Thursday and bonded out Friday afternoon.
KCBD spoke with Colorado City's city manager and police spokesman Pete Kampfer Thursday evening. He tells us that a representative from the Mitchell County District Attorney's Office went to Dunn's home and took her mother, Billie Dunn, to the sheriff's office.
The Mitchell County Sheriff's office says the District Attorney's office went to Dunn's home to serve a warrant out of Howard County on Shawn Adkins. One of the warrants was for the "body" of Adkins, meaning he was to surrender DNA. At the time of Hailey's disappearance, Adkins was Billie's live-in boyfriend and the last person to see Hailey. He is also the only suspect named in Hailey's disappearance.
Mitchell County Sheriff's office says that when authorities went to Dunn's home, Billie lied and said Adkins was not there. Authorities then took her to the Mitchell County Jail where she was reportedly being questioned.
"I told them he wasn't here, but I let them in to go search the house," Dunn said.
When we asked Billie Dunn why she lied to officials, she responded, "I'd rather not get into that."
Authorities said Adkins was searched but not arrested. They said they can't say what they were looking for, but it could answer many questions.
"It's going to take awhile to go through all the stuff that was taken from the Dunn house. And we'll see what transpires from that as to if it's going be able to help us in the Hailey Dunn case and hopefully it will lead us to finding Hailey Dunn," said Sheriff Patrick Toombs, Mitchell County Sheriff's office.
Dunn also denied the drug possession charges, "They didn't find drugs, they found a prescription bottle with my name torn off of it," Dunn said.
Although Dunn states she's not back together with her former live-in boyfriend, neighbors says they have seen Adkins frequently at the home.
"Last week, we've been seeing him there, and a friend of mine would pick me up for work and say he's out there smoking at 5' o clock in the morning," Dunn's neighbor, Isabel Gonzalez, said.
Gonzalez says she has seen Dunn laying out to tan in the backyard.
"I kept thinking, how can she be so calm, you know? I'd be wondering, is my baby ok? Or where is she? I'd be out there trying to find her, not worrying about whether I had a good tan or not."
"It's going to take awhile to go through all the stuff that was taken from the house, and we'll see what transpires from that as to if it's going to be able to help us in the Hailey Dunn case. And hopefully it will lead us to finding Hailey, " Sheriff Toombes said.
KCBD asked Dunn: When people see that you lied and wonder if you're lying about what happened to your daughter, how will you clear that up? Dunn responded, "I don't, I just have to have faith that the truth will come out."
The judge who issued the search warrants on Adkins declined to release any information about what authorities were looking for and why. But Abilene television station KTXS reports that they obtained affidavits that said authorities discovered child pornography on a computer and cell phone used by Adkins which was found at his grandmother's house in Scurry County.
Last month, authorities reported the discovery of thousands of images of child pornography on a computer taken from Adkin's mother's home in Big Spring. Investigators say they also found images on a memory stick taken from the Dunn home in Colorado City.
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