​Cheerleader’s Body Found, Town In Disarray

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April 28, 2013
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A chearleader’s Scurry County missing person’s report has been filed away in Texas after a body was found near Lake J.B. Thomas with no evidence on what happened since her disappearance.

Hailey Darlene Dunn, 13, disappeared two years ago and the cause of her death remain under investigation, Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said at a news conference Friday. Texas Rangers informed the girl’s mother, Billie Jean Dunn, on Friday afternoon at her Austin home, said her attorney, John Young.

The body was found about 20 miles northwest of the girl’s hometown of Colorado City. The girl had been the subject of months of intensive searches in and around Colorado City and surrounding fields and landfills after her mother reported her missing on December 28, 2010. More than 100 billboards featuring her picture and information about the case were set up along interstates in Texas and other states.

The mother’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, has said he last saw Hailey a day before she was reported missing. He said the girl told him she was going to her father’s home nearby and then on to spend the night at a friend’s home. She did neither.

Authorities had named Adkins as a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance, but he was never charged. At one point, authorities accused the girl’s mother of lying about the whereabouts of Adkins, who was found at her home. Billie Dunn pleaded no contest in June 2011 to making a false report to law enforcement and received a suspended 90-day jail term with probation.

The mother and Adkins have denied involvement in Hailey’s disappearance.Hailey’s paternal grandfather, Bill Dunn, died in 2011, six months after the girl went missing. His widow, Spicy Dunn of Ponca City, Oklahoma said her husband spent much of the last months of his life trying to learn what became of his granddaughter.

“He was very, very hurt, and was on the computer all the time looking and trying to find anything that had to do with Hailey,” she said.

She said family members made a point not to change their phone numbers so that law enforcement officials could reach them in case of any developments, even years later.