Colorado City The Department of Public Safety has launched a statewide initiative to find answers regarding Hailey Dunn’s murder. The added interest comes just 10 days before the fifth anniversary of when she went missing.
Hailey’s mother, Billie Dunn is ecstatic to have the extra attention on Hailey’s case, not just by the media but by law enforcement statewide. Now, almost five years later, Billie says she’s beginning to feel hopeful and that this push could give her the answers she’s been looking for.
On December 27th 2010, Hailey Dunn left her home in Colorado City to visit a friend’s house, unfortunately, she never made it.
“I knew right away that something was very wrong, that the friend had not seen her, that Hailey hadn’t been there and Hailey didn’t spend the night,” said Dunn.
For years after Hailey went missing friends and family members held vigils and set up a memorial outside of her home. But after her body was found, the front yard of her home fell silent, the memorial was taken down and the push from the community to find answers became thin…until now, a small victory for her mother.
“We need to let her murderer know, we’re not giving up and the investigation is ongoing,” said Dunn.
For this month, The Department of Public Safety will be featuring Hailey across the state, hoping to bring in new leads and tips.
“I just want people to know that it’s not just a missing person, it’s Hailey Dunn. This is a young lady that we need to bring justice to, we need to find out what happened to her,” said DPS Spokesperson Elena Viramontes.
The investigation into her murder has always been open, and as Hailey’s mother tells CBS 7, recent evidence could lead to answers.
“I’m not sure how much I can say, but there is stuff being processed, there is stuff that we have already gotten back fairly recently that’s very promising,” said Dunn.
Anyone with information is urged to submit their tip through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse. A plea not only from law enforcement but an entire community looking for justice.
“If her murderer has confided in any family, I encourage them to do the right thing by Hailey and get this little baby justice, do the right thing,” said Dunn.
The following is a Texas Department of Public Safety press release:
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team are asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of Hailey Dunn, 13, of Colorado City. As part of a public awareness program launched recently, DPS is featuring one unsolved case each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or “cold cases” across the state.
On Dec. 27, 2010, Hailey left her mother’s house to go to a friend’s house, but never arrived and was reported missing. Despite searches by law enforcement and the community, she was not immediately found. On March 16, 2013, Hailey’s body was discovered near Lake J. B. Thomas in Scurry County.
At the time of her disappearance, Hailey was an eighth-grade student at Colorado City Middle School in Mitchell County and was active in cheerleading, sports and band.
Anyone with information about this unsolved case can also submit a tip thru the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243.
The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or what appear to be serial or linked criminal transactions. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is viable.
In addition, DPS created the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides webpage aimed at renewing public interest in unsolved cases. The site features the division’s Top 12 Unsolved Cold Case Investigations, which includes two cases from each of the state’s six DPS regions. For more information, visit the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website at: