Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hailey Dunn vigil: Sadness, anger felt among those remembering Texas cheerleader

Hailey Dunn vigil: Sadness, anger felt among those remembering Texas cheerleader, On April 27, 2013, an emotional vigil was held in Colorado City, Tex. for Hailey Dunn, 13, the missing school cheerleader, who was found dead just a month ago in Scurry County, according to the Standard-Times.

Hailey was last seen on December 27, 2010. According to police, her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins claims the girl told him she was walking a short distance to her father’s home and then over to a friend’s to spend the night. She never arrived at either location. Her mother, Billie Dunn, reported her missing on December 28.

One vigil attendee, friend and neighbor Charlene Mayes, told the Times, “She has been with the Lord all this time… I hope they find whoever did this to her and get the punishment [he or she] deserves… They have been looking for that baby for two years and nothing was left but her bones.”

Susie Barton, who organized the vigil and had formed searches to try and find the missing girl, said, “I don’t feel very good about it… We will find justice. It’s now up to the Lord and the law.”

Travis Walston, who used to live next door to Hailey, told the Times he remembers a fun-loving young girl who enjoyed playing with her dog in the family’s backyard. He noted that on the last day he saw her before she vanished, she acted odd as though something was weighing heavy on her mind.

“I’m just mad as hell. How can this happen here?” he asked.

Walston added, “This case is going to get solved, I promise you that. Whoever did this has to deal with God or with me and [he or she] better pray God gets [him or her] first, because God is more forgiving than me.”

Adkins has been named the only suspect in the case by police and reports at the time indicated Dunn asked him to move out of the home just days after Hailey vanished. Adkins claims he had nothing to do with Hailey's disappearance.

In early 2011, reported a Dell computer was taken from the home of Adkin’s mother in Big Spring. It contained “approximately 108,498 pictures depicting deviant acts.” A memory stick containing “320 images and videos of a pornographic nature,” was found in the master bedroom of the Dunn residence in Colorado City during the investigation. Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs said both the computer and memory stick had images depicting bestiality and child pornography. He noted charges could be filed regarding the find. “We will have to get with the district attorney in Howard County to see if criminal charges are warranted,” Toombs said at the time.

Anyone with information regarding Hailey’s case is urged to call the Colorado City Police Dept. at 325-728-5294.

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