Saturday, April 27, 2013

Confirmed: missing west Texas teen Hailey Dunn found deceased

Confirmed: missing west Texas teen Hailey Dunn found deceased, In an unexpected turn of events, a post on Facebook regarding the discovery of human remains in rural west Texas last month preceded an official press conference by authorities Friday afternoon confirming the identity of those remains.

The remains found on private property on March 16, 2013, do -- in fact -- belong to missing west Texas cheerleader Hailey Darlene Dunn, who vanished from her home sometime after 10:00 p.m., Sunday, December 26, 2010.

At 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, officials from multiple jurisdictions attended a press conference disclosing what many already believed: that missing Hailey Darlene Dunn has been located deceased.

The announcement comes on the heels of the message posted on Facebook earlier Friday by the organization known as "Hope for Hailey" which has been an integral part of fundraising and social media efforts for the missing teen. The message sparked a fury of emotion and responses on social media, and came just minutes before the unexpected press conference, which finally answered the number one question related to Hailey's disappearance plaguing west Texans for the last 28 months.

During the press conference, Scurry County, Texas, Sheriff Trey Wilson made the official announcement, adding the condition that no questions would be fielded from on-site media.

"On March 16 2013 , local authorities were notified of human remains near Lake J.B. Thomas in southwest Scurry County. The remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Remains; and on April 26, 2013, the Scurry County District Attorney's Office received written confirmation that the remains have been positively identified as those of Hailey Dunn. On December 28, 2010, 13 -year-old Hailey Dunn was reported missing by her mother, Billie Dunn, and a report was taken by the Colorado City Police Department; and she has been listed as a missing person since that day. This is a joint investigation between the Scurry County Sheriff's Office, Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, Colorado City Police Department, FBI, Texas Rangers, and local and county officials."

Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Ostrander-Dunn, was arrested for hindering apprehension or prosecution, false report to a police officer, and possession of dangerous drugs, when police attempted to serve a search warrant on March 17, 2011, on her then-boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, inside the couple's home. Adkins was found hiding inside the residence, and authorities were able to execute the search warrant, after taking Ostrander-Dunn into custody. She later pled "guilty" to those charges, and served out her probation in Austin, Texas, five hours' away from the small town where her daughter disappeared.

According to her own posts on social media Friday afternoon, Billie Jean Ostrander-Dunn is now en route to Colorado City, Texas -- her former home -- to claim her daughter's remains. While she traveled into the area Friday, searchers, supporters, strangers, and members of Hailey's immediate family gathered at the site outside Billie and Clint Dunn's former home -- better known as "Hailey's Hope" -- to host a candlelight vigil honoring the teen. Sources close to the Dunn family tell The Examiner that Hailey's father, Clinton (Clint) Dunn is currently working out-of-state, and it is unknown at this time when he will return to west Texas.

Ironically, Friday marked the 28-month disappearance of the sandy-haired, hazel-eyed cheerleader's disappearance, which rocked the Texas Panhandle to its core just days after Christmas, 2010. Almost immediately after officials released details of Hailey's disappearance, search volunteers numbering in the hundreds converged upon Scurry, Mitchell and Howard counties -- searching high and low for the missing teen -- who seemingly vanished after an alleged sleepover at a friend's house on the evening of Monday, December 28, 2010.

However, the family of the girl with whom Hailey was alleged to have had a sleepover, have emphatically denied that claim, and insist Hailey was never inside their home that day or evening.

Just days after Hailey vanished, the local Dairy Queen in "C-City" (as it is known to the locals) was transformed into an unexpected gathering place for volunteers trying to warm up in between searches; and for others to compare search locations and maps across tables where tray-liners advertised the missing hometown girl's photos and flyer.

Authorities were able to verify early on that Hailey was not seen by anyone other than "persons of interest" in her disappearance after approximately 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, 2010. The only two "persons of interest" in Hailey's disappearance since the beginning have been her mother, Billie Jean Ostrander-Dunn, and Billie's former live-in boyfriend, Shawn Casey Adkins.

A search warrant served for Billie Dunn's 2000 Chevrolet Lumina in January 2011 stated the following:

Kidnapping: ( a ) person or persons intentionally or knowingly abducted Hailey Dunn, which is a Felony (Texas Penal Code 20.03).

Adkins has been the primary person of interest in Hailey's disappearance since the day she was reported missing; her mother's now-documented lies to police in March 2011 (during the execution of a search warrant against Adkins in the family's home) caused authorities to dig deeper into what may have been her alleged participation in her daughter's disappearance.

It was almost immediately that investigators -- and lei professionals working in the field of missing/murdered persons -- picked up on key statements and details regarding Hailey's disappearance that pointed to those closest to the teen. Statement analysis expert Peter Hyatt noted early on in Hailey's disappearance that key statements made on-the-record by Billie Jean Ostrander-Dunn indicated not only deception -- but specific knowledge that Hailey was deceased-- as referenced by her use of "past-tense" verbiage:

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