COLORADO CITY, TX (KCBD) - The community of Colorado City had mixed emotions as the news swept through the small town on Friday. The human remains found in Big Spring are not missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn.
"Our hopes are back, and it has people a little excited. It wasn't our little girl but unfortunately it was somebody's baby," said April Wehba, one of many who have been searching for Hailey.
Since Hailey went missing back in December of 2010, Colorado City community members have endlessly searched for the teen. Like April, several say this past week hasn't been an easy one when the news surfaced about the human remains in Big Spring.
"It was torture. We couldn't eat, we couldn't sleep, we couldn't do anything but wait for answers," said Holly Jenkins, another one of Hailey's searchers. "We were scared. We've been working so hard to bring her home. We wanted her to come home alive."
Once they heard the body wasn't Hailey, volunteers went into action - moving the wall of stuffed animals and signs into Hailey's front yard. They added a fresh coat of paint to one of the signs – a symbol of the fresh hope to bring Hailey home.
"We will have a search tomorrow," said Susie Barton. "We have more searches planned and we still have places we want to look."
As the community continues to hold on to hope, they have one message they're hoping Hailey hears:
"If Hailey is alive and if there is any chance she is watching and listening, we haven't given up hope because we just want you home. We're not going to give up so if you're watching we just want you to know it's safe to come home," Jenkins said.
To find out how you can help, visit www.hopeforhailey.org.