(Interview courtesy of Anchor Braid Blanks and KTXS-Abilene)
As we wait for investigators to identify the remains found in Scurry County on March 16th, the process is even more agonizing for Billie Dunn, the mother of missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn. FBI investigators notified Dunn of the remains on Sunday and she traveled to Snyder to meet with authorities.
Two years have passed since the 13-year-old went missing, and Billie says time hasn't made the pain go away.
"I still have really bad days. It's been more than two years and it doesn't get easier. Some days it's easier to pretend it's not going on," Dunn said.
Dunn is holding onto hope that these remains don't belong to Hailey.
"I can't quit thinking about it and wondering what if it's her. It's been really tough. It's been a few days now and I don't know when it's going to end, when I'm going to have an answer," Dunn said.
Dunn says little things every day make her think about her daughter who would now be 15.
"I see people in the stores all the time, moms and daughters and the daughter's throwing a fit because she's not getting exactly what she wants. That should be me and my daughter fighting over shoes, buying her a new car and taking her to concerts," Dunn said.
Since Hailey's disappearance, investigators have only named one suspect in the case, Billie's former live-in boyfriend Shaun Adkins. Dunn says she no longer speaks to Adkins and believes he may have been involved in her daughter's disappearance.
"We have no contact whatsoever and haven't in a long time. And I don't want any contact with him. When I finally did get him to move out, he harassed me badly. After seeing the way he reacted when we broke up, I think back to what local law enforcement had told me and been trying to tell me and I just thought it wasn't true," Dunn said.
Dunn says any allegations that she knew what happened to her daughter are absolutely false.
"I really don't like hate, because that's such a strong word. But I hate the guy and people are still saying maybe he did something and I know about it. I think it's ridiculous. I've got such bigger things going on worrying about my daughter," Dunn said.
And despite these new developments, Dunn hopes to say these words to her daughter someday soon.
"How much I love her and I want her home so bad and how beautiful she is and how happy I am to see her. I would never let go," Dunn said.
The FBI tells KCBD that it could take weeks and even months to identify the remains. Billie Dunn and her 18-year-old son have returned to Austin where they now live until they receive any news.
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