Official: Scurry County remains identified as Hailey Dunn
SCURRY COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Scurry County officials, along with representatives from Texas DPS, the Texas Rangers and the FBI have confirmed that the remains found in Scurry County on March 16 belong to missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn.
The investigation into her death is ongoing.
A statement released on Friday afternoon says the remains found near Lake J.B. Thomas in southwest Scurry County were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA analysis.
The Scurry County District Attorney's Office received written confirmation that the remains were positively identified on April 26.
Hailey has been missing since December 2010.
The announcement brought closure, and great sadness to those who have spent the last few years looking for Hailey.
Freda Radcliff with Hailey's Angels said, "We've been searching for her for two years, and it's like losing a child of your own. I hate it, I wish we could have brought her back."
Friends held a candlelight vigil for Hailey at 8 p.m. at her family home.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
December 27th, 2010: Hailey Dunn goes missing. Shawn Adkins, Hailey's mother's boyfriend, is the last to see Hailey. He tells authorities Hailey was going to go to a friend's house, but she never made it.
January 4th, 2011: Texas Rangers and the FBI get involved in the disappearance of Hailey. Authorities say the friend Hailey was supposedly going to visit says she was never expecting Hailey.
January 6th, 2011: Billboards with Hailey's picture and missing information are put up across parts of Texas. On this same day, Billie Jean Dunn, Hailey's mother, admits she and Adkins failed lie detector tests concerning Hailey's whereabouts.
January 12th 2011: New documents are revealed and Adkins becomes a person of interest in the case. Affidavits say Adkins had previously threatened Billie and Hailey's life back in February of 2010. Documents about serial killers were also found in Billie's home where Adkins lives.
January 15th, 2011: Cadaver dogs search the landfill in Abilene for human remains, but nothing is found. Authorities later search the landfill in Big Spring, the town where Adkins' mother lives.
January through February: Prayer vigils and searches continue in Colorado City. Searches by volunteers are hindered for several weeks due to freezing temperatures.
February 25th 2011: Authorities find thousands of pictures of child pornography on a memory stick found in Billie's home and a computer in Adkins' mother's home.
March 17th 2011: Billie admits she lied to police about Adkins' whereabouts. She is taken into custody.
March 30th, 2011: Colorado City authorities hold a press conference saying they are investigating the case as if Hailey is deceased or under duress.
June 15th 2011: Billie is given a year of probation. Reports say she and Adkins moved to Austin.
June 19th 2011: Search efforts by volunteers dwindle as time goes by.
December 27, 2011: One year has passed since Hailey went missing.
March 16, 2013: Remains found near Lake J.B. Thomas southwest of Snyder.
April 26, 2013: Scurry County officials confirm identity.
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