As of Tuesday evening DPS officials say the crime scene where the body was found near Snyder has been cleared, but so far investigators still do not know the identity of the body.
KWES in Midland reported Billie Dunn, the mother of missing teen Hailey Dunn, told them that investigators will be using dental records to speed up the identification process.
The body found on Saturday was discovered near Lake JB Thomas just 30 miles from Colorado City where 13-year-old Hailey Dunn went missing back in December of 2010. Tuesday, Billie confirmed over the phone that she is in Snyder due to the investigation, but declined an interview.
A family friend released this statement on behalf of the Dunn family:
"We are praying it is not Hailey and we are praying for whom ever it is and their loved ones. The FBI and Texas Rangers are in close contact with us but at this time they've given us very little information. The entire family is desperately trying to hold on to hope that Hailey will be found alive. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and their hope for Hailey."
This is not the first time Billie has made the fearful trip to west Texas because the discovery of a body. Almost one year ago to the day, Billie was in Big Spring when a body was found last March. Days went by, and finally it was determined the body was a male.
"This time they're all trying to stay positive until the facts are actually known," the friend said. "It was a long while to get them to be ok after last March. Right now we're just saying we are going to bring Hailey home alive."
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