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Friends, volunteers honor Hailey Dunn with candlelight vigil

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It's a city with a population of less than 5,000, where everyone knows your name, especially Hailey Dunn's name.

"We have been searching since day one, we've never stopped. It's been a very long process, very tiring," said Kristy Turner, one of the search coordinators.

The Colorado City middle school cheerleader vanished in December 2010 when she was just 13 years old.

On Friday, Scurry County officials announced that the remains found in Snyder back in March had been identified as Hailey Dunn. Her body was found at Lake J.B. Thomas, just 30 miles from where she went missing.

Dozens of people met in front of Hailey's former home Friday night for a candlelight vigil, held to honor the little girl who was loved by so many.

"There was always that piece of hope that she is in somebody's basement and she was alive and she was happy and she was ok. There's always that little piece, but that wasn't the case with Hailey," Turner said.

Turner did not personally know Hailey, but she saw the impact the teen left on so many people.

"She was a child and she was 13 and she was somewhere and she needed to be brought home," she said. "Now that we have the body there could be so much more new evidence that can be brought into this case."

Members of the community came dressed in bright orange shirts that read "Hope for Hailey."

One by one they lit candles and clung to each other, because for them, that was all that was left to hold on to.

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