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Texas father still looking for answers, justice in 2010 death of Hailey Dunn



The disappearance of 13-year-old middle school student Hailey Dunn in Colorado City hits its nine-year anniversary this month with her father, Clint Dunn, still looking for answers.

"I feel like I'm left in the darkness because law enforcement is not communicating with me at all," said Clint Dunn, speaking via telephone this week. "... This needs to move forward."

Hailey's death remains unsolved, though her remains were found in 2013 in Scurry County.

Investigators named Shawn Adkins, the live-in boyfriend of Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, at the time of the teen's disappearance, the primary person of interest, according to Reporter-News archives. He has not been charged with a crime in the case.

Clint Dunn said Thursday that law enforcement officials had indicated to him that when a body was found, an arrest would be made.

"I want to know why that hasn't happened and who do I need to get in here to try to help," he said.

Clint Dunn has secured a private investigator, he said, and as tips are received, they are passed on to authorities.

But return replies are few, if any, he said.

"We don't even know who's got the case right now," he said. "... We've called everybody — the FBI, the Texas Rangers, (an investigator) that was over the case for so long in Scurry County. ... I just want to know why they haven't brought this to trial yet. Why hasn't there been a court date?"
 

GrandmaBear

‘We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself'
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Texas father still looking for answers, justice in 2010 death of Hailey Dunn



The disappearance of 13-year-old middle school student Hailey Dunn in Colorado City hits its nine-year anniversary this month with her father, Clint Dunn, still looking for answers.

"I feel like I'm left in the darkness because law enforcement is not communicating with me at all," said Clint Dunn, speaking via telephone this week. "... This needs to move forward."

Hailey's death remains unsolved, though her remains were found in 2013 in Scurry County.

Investigators named Shawn Adkins, the live-in boyfriend of Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, at the time of the teen's disappearance, the primary person of interest, according to Reporter-News archives. He has not been charged with a crime in the case.

Clint Dunn said Thursday that law enforcement officials had indicated to him that when a body was found, an arrest would be made.

"I want to know why that hasn't happened and who do I need to get in here to try to help," he said.

Clint Dunn has secured a private investigator, he said, and as tips are received, they are passed on to authorities.

But return replies are few, if any, he said.

"We don't even know who's got the case right now," he said. "... We've called everybody — the FBI, the Texas Rangers, (an investigator) that was over the case for so long in Scurry County. ... I just want to know why they haven't brought this to trial yet. Why hasn't there been a court date?"

Any parent should have the right o have a contact and know who is handling the case imo. Not being able maybe to provide investigation information is one thing, but basic contact information is another. They also deserve a return phone call even if it is just to acknowledge a call. Again, imo.
 

GrandmaBear

‘We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself'
I'm not sure what to think about how this case has been handled by law enforcement. I don't think Hailey's mom helped them in any way, so maybe that put a bad taste in their mouth? But that's not Hailey's fault.

I don't have a clue as to the details. I just think any parent, even if they are a possible suspect, should be able to reach LE, etc. I usually read everything but I have to admit in this case, I don't know any details except what was posted here.
 

Kimster

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I don't have a clue as to the details. I just think any parent, even if they are a possible suspect, should be able to reach LE, etc. I usually read everything but I have to admit in this case, I don't know any details except what was posted here.
The Mom covered for her boyfriend, who is suspect in this case. All of them have had trouble with the law. It's been a hot mess.
 

GrandmaBear

‘We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself'
The Mom covered for her boyfriend, who is suspect in this case. All of them have had trouble with the law. It's been a hot mess.

So is the father in question too? I would let them all reach me and talk in that case (LE I mean). Let them all talk. I appreciate the info, I try to know a case or read it up before I comment but in this one, the name is familiar, but I did not look it up further.
 

Kimster

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So is the father in question too? I would let them all reach me and talk in that case (LE I mean). Let them all talk. I appreciate the info, I try to know a case or read it up before I comment but in this one, the name is familiar, but I did not look it up further.
No, her biological father is not suspect. He's just had his own issues with the law. I think they all have problems with illegal drug use. At least they used to, I don't know about now.
 

GrandmaBear

‘We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself'
Anytime! I followed this case closely when it first broke. In fact, I was the administrator in charge of the forum for Hailey over at the other place. Another one of our members actually went on one of the searches, but I'll let them tell their own story.

I can't imagine. I know what it is like when I stuff too many cases in my head and it is why sometimes I can't remember them in detail. But I have some I know almost perfectly. This one rings a bell but I could not give or remember a single detail on it. Someone went on the search? I have never been on one and that is probably because I have never been in an area when one is needed because I would not hesitate. I guess that means where I have lived we don't see it too much which is a good thing. Appreciate the info a lot.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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I can't imagine. I know what it is like when I stuff too many cases in my head and it is why sometimes I can't remember them in detail. But I have some I know almost perfectly. This one rings a bell but I could not give or remember a single detail on it. Someone went on the search? I have never been on one and that is probably because I have never been in an area when one is needed because I would not hesitate. I guess that means where I have lived we don't see it too much which is a good thing. Appreciate the info a lot.
I was on a search for Kyron Horman about 5 years ago. It's rough going! I was searching on a slanted hill, as there are mostly hills in that area, and I was beat by the end of it!
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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This looks like a pretty good summary article.


Billie Dunn says the last time she saw her daughter Hailey was on an early morning a few days after Christmas.

"I was on my way to work, so just peeking in her bedroom, seeing her in the bed," Billie tells Crime Watch Daily. "She was completely home alone while I was going to be at work for my 12-hour shift. Her father did live right across the street so I assumed she was going to get up and go over there."

But when Billie returns home later that night, Hailey isn't around. Billie says her live-in boyfriend Sean Adkins is also back from work and tells her that Hailey went to stay the night at a friend's house nearby.
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In the missing-person investigation, police turn to those closest to Hailey: Mom Billie, and her live-in boyfriend Shawn Adkins, and Hailey's dad Clint Dunn, who lives down the block. All of three have almost daily interactions with her.

As the investigation deepens, Hailey Dunn's home life is revealed as anything but normal.

"She loved her family. So home life seemed to be very simple, but the further we started learning about her family, things seemed to be different behind closed doors," said Guinn. "We got word about a lot of alcohol, a lot of partying from her mother, and so you got the sense that maybe home life was a little harder than what they let on."

And Billie Dunn and Shawn Adkins are on police radar even before Hailey's disappearance.

"About 10 months before Hailey went missing there was a call to police, a domestic disturbance," said Guinn.
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Friends, neighbors and police comb the fields around town for any sign of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn. But her mother Billie never joins the search party.

And what about her live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins?

"He wasn't involved in foot searches at all," said Billie. "He really didn't even help me pass fliers and things. I think he just wanted to stay out of the spotlight."

Police are so concerned that they ask both Billie and Shawn to take polygraph tests. Billie does so willingly. But she says she was shocked when she got her results.

Billie took two polygraph tests. According to a police affidavit, she was under the influence of narcotics when she sat down for the first test. So days later she sits down again, and the outcome is a shocker.

"I was told by the DPS interviewer that gave it that deception was indicated," said Billie.

Neither Billlie Dunn nor police will say on exactly which questions she showed deception. But the results make cops dig deeper. And according to the affidavit, a search warrant uncovers an alarming trove of disturbing literature in the house. Police found Billie and Shawn had collected pages and pages of articles printed from online content, all of it profiling serial killers. Among those was material about serial killer George Banks, convicted of 13 murders, including five of his own young children.
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But then it was her boyfriend Shawn Adkins's turn, and when cops hook him up to the polygraph machine, everything changes.

"The first two times he failed, got up and walked out," said CBS7 News Anchor Tatum Guinn, who's covered the story.

On the third try, investigators say, he shows deception. But the test indicates that Adkins is telling the truth on two bombshell questions that could break this case wide open.

"They asked him pointedly, 'Where can we find Hailey?' He said somewhere in Scurry County," said Guinn. "They asked him, 'Who should we be looking at in this?' And he said 'You should be looking at us' -- meaning Shawn and Billie."

Scurry County is about 20 miles north of where Hailey was last seen.
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And then in March 2013 a break in the case: A hiker comes across a skull and a femur bone at Lake J.B. Thomas, a remote area about 20 miles north of Hailey's home.

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tlorik

Truth for Tom Brown
Not to cast aspersions on anyone's lifestyle that may be offended but - red flags:
13 year old girl
live-in boyfriend
parent was last to "see" child in home - fact?
boyfriend states Hailey went to stay with a friend - fact?
mom and boyfriend not involved in search

I never want to be so cynical that I jump to a conclusion, but we have all seen these flags so many times! Ugh!
 

Found this interesting article about the mothers boyfriend apparently he was in New Mexico and up to some really disturbing behaviors. I hope this leads to information that can get this case moving towards resolution for the family.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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Not to cast aspersions on anyone's lifestyle that may be offended but - red flags:
13 year old girl
live-in boyfriend
parent was last to "see" child in home - fact?
boyfriend states Hailey went to stay with a friend - fact?
mom and boyfriend not involved in search

I never want to be so cynical that I jump to a conclusion, but we have all seen these flags so many times! Ugh!
Boyfriend is the last person to see Hailey alive, that we know of. And Hailey's remains were found not far from boyfriend's grandma's house, and IIRC, his phone pinged there that day or the day after.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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Found this interesting article about the mothers boyfriend apparently he was in New Mexico and up to some really disturbing behaviors. I hope this leads to information that can get this case moving towards resolution for the family.
Oh LOVELY! :cautious:

"Morse said she learned Adkins moved around after Hailey went missing. She said on one of his stops was in Lovington, New Mexico, between 2012 and 2013.


“A tip that I received over the holidays was that he was working at the now-closed ALCO discount store, and that he was known for hitting on and or harassing underage girls,” said Morse."
 

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