Hailey Dunn's grandmother: not giving up hope after 11 months
COLORADO CITY, (KCBD) - Eleven months ago Sunday, Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn went missing. Since then, numerous searches turned up very few leads in the case.
Her family, including Hailey's grandmother, Connie Jones, is still desperate for her return.
Jones says Hailey showed no signs of wanting to run away. Billboards are stationed for miles around Colorado City, and fliers have been put up from Lubbock to Mexico in an effort to bring the teen home safely.
Hailey's grandmother says the holidays have been tough without Hailey, but she hasn't given up hope.
Hailey's softball glove and ball still sit on a stool in Jones' living room, and pictures of Hailey still line her walls. "Every time some little kid walks down the road about her age, I'm there at the window pressing my eyes at the window, hoping, praying, that it's her."
So far these hopes haven't come true, and Jones is struggling with Hailey's absence.
"Last month I didn't think I was going to get through the day, but I have to make it. I have to make it for when she does come home."
If and when Hailey does come home, "I can fix her chocolate pie," Jones says.
Jones says eleven months ago she received phone calls from her granddaughter every day. "We had so many plans, and I was going to teach her how to sew this year."
"I don't want to live unless I know … where Hailey is. But I make myself get up everyday and do what I have to do."
Investigators are staying tight lipped about the search for the missing thirteen year old.
Jones says, "I'd do anything humanly possible to bring Hailey and put her back in my son's arms because he needs her. We all need her"
Most of Hailey's family has moved away, changing their phone numbers, including Hailey's mother Billie - who now lives in Austin with her boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. Adkins was also the last person to see Hailey alive.
"If it was my daughter, there's no way that I would leave that house," Jones says.
Jones has stayed at the same address and says Hailey knows where her spare key is. "Hailey, you got to come back. You told me you were going to make me a bracelet and you haven't done it yet."
"I always cautioned her on never talking to strangers. She'd always assure me I didn't have anything to worry about. I'm worried. I'm worried about my granddaughter."
When asked that anyone you know could be involved, Jones says, "Well, they say that most abductions are someone that you know. I don't know."
And while Jones doesn't know where Hailey is, she has a message for anyone who does. "Just let us know where Hailey is at -- that she's alright, please. Just let us have some kind of closure. Please."
So far no arrests have been made but Shawn Adkins does remain a person of interest in the case.
There is a $15,000 reward for information. Calls can be made to the Colorado City Police Department at (325) 728-5294 or 1-800-THE L0ST (1-800-843-5678)
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