Sources say body found in Big Spring is likely Hailey Dunn

Published: Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:52 AM CST
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Hailey Dunn
Hailey Dunn
Shawn Adkins, left, image from Myspace; Billie Dunn, right.
Shawn Adkins, left, image from Myspace; Billie Dunn, right.

BIG SPRING, TX (KCBD) - A mummified and partially exposed human skeleton found near the Big Spring airport is believed to be missing 13-year-old Colorado City girl Hailey Dunn. Hailey was reported missing in December 2010.

Sources close to the investigation say the hair color and height of the remains match Hailey's description. We're told evidence found at the scene could link it to Hailey as well.

Desert Tanks employee Heath Acrey says his employees found the remains around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon on the 2500 block of Apron Drive. Workers placed a fuel tank over the remains to preserve the body until the scene was secured. The area is mainly concrete, dirt and grass.

About 30 Dallas FBI agents and Austin DPS officers arrived around 9:15 Wednesday morning to examine the evidence.

Sgt. Tony Everett with the Big Spring Police Department says the race, age and gender of the remains have not been determined.

Everett says the Colorado City Police Department, the lead investigators in the Hailey Dunn case, were on the scene. The area has never been searched before, he said.

The remains have been taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office to be examined.

Shawn Adkins remains a person of interest in the Hailey Dunn case. He is the boyfriend of Hailey Dunn's mother, Billie Jean Dunn. Adkins told authorities he was in Big Spring at his mother's house the day of Hailey's disappearance. The house is located about one mile from where the remains were found.

Authorities found files of child porn and bestiality on a computer in Adkins's mothers house.

Adkins and Billie Jean lived together in Colorado City. They now live in Austin.

KCBD has confirmed that Adkins and Billie Jean have returned to West Texas and is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

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