Human remains found in Big Spring not Hailey Dunn

Published: Mar. 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:52 AM CST
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BIG SPRING, TX (KCBD) - Preliminary autopsy results of the human remains found in Big Spring, TX on Tuesday have determined that the body is male.

Sources close to the investigation said they initially thought the body could be missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn. The identity of the body has not yet been determined.

Big Spring Police released the following statement Friday:

The autopsy on the remains found in Big Spring, TX began a short time ago in Tarrant County. Detective George Oliver of the Big Spring Police Dept. is in attendance.

It has been determined that the remains are that of a male. As of this time nothing else has been determined and we will put out another release following completion of autopsy and a preliminary report from the medical examiner.

The attorney for Shawn Adkins released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

It is bittersweet to learn of the autopsy results stating that the remains have been identified as a male, thus excluding the possibility that the remains recently discovered in Big Spring are those of Hailey Dunn. First and foremost, it provides hope for the possible safe return of Hailey.

Shawn wishes to extend prayers for this yet-identified individual and hopes that some family will find closure and peace.

While Shawn has maintained his innocence, he has been vilified and convicted in the court of public opinion. Today's news, though saddening, should be a vivid reminder that trials should occur in the courtroom and that our laws and system of justice require an awareness and respect for the presumption of innocence.

Shawn and his family requests privacy at this time. He has no comment on how long he plans to remain in the area.

Shawn will continue to cooperate with law enforcement should the need arise in the future.

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