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Hailey Dunn ~ The Timeline

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Residence : Chestnut Street, Colorado City, Texas, 79512.

Mother: Billie Jean Dunn

Live in boyfriend: Shawn Casey Adkins

Brother: David Dunn

Father of Hailey: Clint Dunn

Shawn’s place of employment: Snyder

Billie’s place of employment: Snyder

Hailey reported missing in: Colorado City

Shawn’s mother resides in: Big Spring, Texas

December 26, 2010

9.00pm Hailey Dunn’s brother, David Dunn, leaves the residence  to spend the night with a friend.   David says when he left the residence, Hailey was playing a video game in the living room of the residence.  Based on the progress on the game and Hailey’s skill level of the game, it is estimated that Hailey played the game until around 12pm that night.

December 27, 2010

6.00am Shawn Adkins arrives at work and quits his job.  According to his employer, WSI in Snyder, Adkins arrived at work around 6am, walked into the break room, purchased a Dr Pepper from the vending machine, look at the supervisor without saying a word, then left the premises.

Adkins however, told others he got fired from his job.  His employers denied that they fired him.

6.10am Adkins left his place of employment (Snyder).

6.20am Billie Dunn leaves the residence to go to work in Snyder, Texas.

Adkins says he then drove to his mother’s house in Big Springs, Texas, but according to the cell phone pings, he was in the Colorado City area, the same area where Hailey was reported missing.  Eleven phone calls are captured between 9.38am-2.40pm.

Cell phone towers indicate that:

6.35 – 6.56am Adkins was in the area of Colorado City, Texas.

9.38am – 2.40pm, Adkins was in the area of Big Spring, Texas.

NOTE: According to Verizon Cellular Tower records a person at Chestnut would utilise or ping Tower 724 on the northern coverage area transmitter when using a Verizon  cell phone, which is the same tower that Adkins was using from 6.35am until 6.56am.  (Hailey was alone at the residence during this time).

In other words: 

*** According to Shawn, he went from Colorado City to Snyder to Big Springs.

*** According to the Evidence, he went from Colorado City to Snyder to Colorado City.

4.00pm, David Dunn returns home from school and pounded on the door for 5 minutes, and nobody would let him in.   David gained access to the residence through a window.  He observed Shawn standing in the hallway with a “deer in the headlights” look.

Roger Ostrander (uncle of Hailey) and Adkins were discussing the disappearance of Hailey.  Roger stated that he could not believe anybody would hurt a 13 year old little girl, to which Adkins replied “yah, it’s like killing a deer.”

Del Ostrander indicated that Adkins talked often about how he kills deer and cuts them up with a chainsaw.  He also says that Adkins is obsessed with horror / slasher movies, watches them daily, he also collects movie memorabilia connected with the Halloween movie series.

6.19pm Billie Dunn made two cash withdrawals from an ATM in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas.  First $60 then $80.  The money was to purchase illegal narcotics from a person in Scurry County.   These narcotics were for Adkins and Billie.  (this info was confirmed by Billie).

According to Billie, Adkins tells her that Hailey left the residence in the afternoon to go to her father’s residence then to go to her friend’s house, for a slumber party.

Billie Dunn did not call the friend’s house to confirm Hailey spending the night there.

December 28

2.00pm Billie Jean Dunn reports her daughter missing to Colorado City police.

December 31

Shawn and Billie hosts a New Years Eve party at their residence AFTER Hailey was reported missing.  Alcohol was consumed.

 

January 2

A candlelight vigil for Hailey is attended by at least 750 people.

 

January 3

Colorado City police announce that Hailey Dunn’s case, previously treated as a runaway, now is being called a missing person case.

 

January 4

Media coverage of Hailey’s disappearance goes national, with Nancy Grace’s television program focusing on the Texas case.

 

January 5

Billie Dunn and Adkins take polygraph tests, then Adkins is asked by Dunn to leave her home.

 

January 7 2011

Warrant is issued to compel Cellco Corporation DBA as Verizon Wireless to provide evidence of any text messages sent and received by the above telephone number from December 25, 2010 to January 7, 2011.

The Warrant includes that Billie Dunn surrenders her cell phone to search for text message content, attachments, including picture messages and any other files associated with the account that relate to the time period December 25, 2010 to January 1, 2011.

According to Billie Dunn, this phone was used by Hailey  during the described period.

 

February 24

Authorities announce that nearly 109,000 images of child pornography, bestiality and deviant acts were discovered on numerous electronic devices at the home of Billie Dunn and that of Adkins’ mother in Big Spring.

 

March 17

Billie Dunn is arrested in Colorado City and acknowledges lying to police who came to her house to execute a search warrant on Adkins.

 

March 20

A skeleton is found in Big Spring about a mile from the home of Adkins’ mother, setting off speculation that it was Hailey Dunn. A few days later, authorities announced the skeleton was that of an unidentified male.

 

August 25

Three days before what would have been Hailey’s 15th birthday, a vigil is held in Colorado City.

 

March 16, 2013

Remains are found near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County.

 

April 26

Law enforcement officials announce that the remains were those of Hailey Dunn. A vigil is held in her memory.

 

More Facts to the case:

  • Investigators lay out their reasons for a search of a 2000 white Chevrolet Lumina owned by Billie Hean Dunn and Shawn Casey Adkins, the mother of the missing girl and her live-in boyfriend.
  • Investigators describe “deceptive” polygraph (commonly know as “lie detector”) test results from both Dunn and Adkins. During one polygraph, Adkins claims the missing girl is in Scurry County, but when probed does not provide further information. Investigators describe that Dunn’s initial polygraph was cancelled due to their belief that Dunn was under the influence of narcotics.
  • Investigators describe incident during which Adkins threatened to kill both Dunn and the missing girl.
  • Investigators describe materials found at the Dunn residence, including several website printouts related to various serial killers.
  • Investigators describe evidence collected from cell phone towers that places Adkins’ mobile phone at a different location than that which he told investigators he was located.
  • Investigators describe alleged conversation between Adkins and missing girl’s uncle in which Adkins allegedly says hurting a child would be “like killing a deer.” Investigators claim Adkins also “talked often about how he kills deer and cuts them up with a chainsaw.”
  • Investigators describe Adkins’ description of the missing girl as “promiscuous” and as someone who “participated in drug use.”
  • Investigators note that valuables (including money, a new iPod and favorite clothes) were not missing from the missing girl’s room.
  • Based on the  testimony of the Affidavit for Search of the vehicle, a judge allows investigators to search and/or seize a 2000 white Chevrolet Lumina owned by Billie Hean Dunn and Shawn Casey Adkins and describes what potential evidence may be collected and for what purposes.
  • Investigators lay out their reasons for searching the operator of a cellular phone provider which provided service to a phone surrendered to police by Billie Jean Dunn.
  • Investigators describe evidence collected from cell phone towers that places Adkins’ mobile phone at a different location than that which he told investigators he was located.
  • Investigators charge that Adkins deleted information from mobile device in view of investigators before turning over mobile device.
  • Investigators describe incident during which Adkins threatened to kill both Dunn and the missing girl.
  • Investigators describe materials found at the Dunn residence, including several website printouts related to various serial killers.
  • Investigators describe alleged conversation between Adkins and missing girl’s uncle in which Adkins allegedly says hurting a child would be “like killing a deer.” Investigators claim Adkins also “talked often about how he kills deer and cuts them up with a chainsaw.”
  • Investigators describe Adkins’ description of the missing girl as “promiscuous” and as someone who “participated in drug use.”
  • Investigators note that valuables (including money, a new iPod and favorite clothes) were not missing from the missing girl’s room.
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Hailey Dunn ~ The story so far …

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The search for Hailey Dunn has been a long march — a path through accusations that law enforcement had been too slow to react to her disappearance, to failed lie detector tests on the part of her mother and her mother’s live-in boyfriend. Helicopters have searched the skies while an endless stream of both the professional and the passionate walked the streets and searched the countryside below.

At Dunn’s home, located at 1804 Chestnut, family members and close friends have expressed an increasing — albeit cordial — reluctance to speak except certain national media, a noose that has seemingly tightened as time has worn on and more attention has been paid to the case.

Attempts to contact Billie Jean Dunn, Hailey Dunn’s mother, as well as her birth

father, Clint Dunn, for extended interviews were politely put off, as were attempts to contact the family of Billie Jean Dunn’s 25-year-old boyfriend, Shawn

Adkins, who is believed to be staying in Dunn, about 15 miles north of Colorado City, where Adkins’ grandmother lives.

Briefly speaking to media openly Thursday night after an appearance on HLN’s Nancy Grace, the girl’s mother admitted to frustration and fatigue, and a hope that — though not extinguished — had begun to gutter with the passage of each long day.

Others attempt to stay strong for Hailey, as well, whether they know her or not.

A citizen-led search Saturday, the second in as many days, combed parts of Mitchell County north and west, while law enforcement extended the search to the community of Dunn.

The small community is what a Texas Department of Public Safety news release issued Saturday called one of possibly several new staging areas as the search for Dunn continues and broadens in scope.

After addressing gathered volunteers with a bullhorn Saturday morning, Bubba Limones, 30, said that a vast number of the people gathered that day to look for

Dunn didn’t necessarily know the family personally. But they all wanted to see the girl returned safely.

“People here care,” he said. “People want to help.”

Like Limones, volunteer Woody Kidd, 57, does not know the Dunn family, but he planned to comb the stretch of the county devoted to Saturday’s search just the same.

“The people in Colorado City stick together, and that’s good,” Kidd said.

MASSIVE SEARCH

From the time neighbors reportedly saw Dunn using her mother’s cell phone around noon on the Monday she vanished to the present, a massive search has evolved that in time has focused national attention on Colorado City, located off U.S. Interstate 20 between Abilene and Odessa.

“We break down when we’re alone, my son and I both,” Billie Jean Dunn said, referring to Hailey’s 16-year-old brother, David. “Break down and lose it, and sometimes you feel like you’re never gain your composure. It’s tough to stay strong in front of my son, but I do it.”

Shawn Adkins, who reportedly said he came home around 3 p.m. Dec. 27, is, by official accounting the last person to see Dunn alive. She planned, he said, to walk to her father’s house, then spend the night with a friend, Mary Beth Garcia.

But Clint Dunn never saw her. And neither did Mary Beth, or her mother, Cecilia Garcia.

As far as she knew, Cecilia Garcia said earlier in the week, her daughter hadn’t even been in touch with Hailey the day she vanished.

Billie Jean Dunn reported her daughter missing the next day and initially, the case was treated as if the girl had run away. Later, that choice would come back to haunt the law enforcement, with some insisting that police and others waited too long to involve other law enforcement authorities or to accelerate the investigation.

“I’m really upset because I feel our police department is not doing their job,” said Magin Jones, 32, who has lived “more on than off” in Colorado City since she was 16. “I think 72 hours or two days to wait and call it a runaway is too long when it’s a 13-year-old little girl.”

A candlelight vigil last Sunday, attended by about 750 people, seemed to be the catalyst that began to vault the case into ever-widening public consciousness.

By Tuesday, HLN’s Grace featured the case, though the coverage was called “sensational” by City Manager Peter Kampfer.

Widely-distributed reports that dogs had traced Hailey Dunn’s scent to a Colorado City hotel Dec. 31 were diminished by Kampfer, who called them “inaccurate” and the scents attributable to “any number of things.”

In a further example of the confusion that has swirled around the investigation, Billie Jean Dunn and Adkins took polygraph tests Wednesday, saying during another appearance on Nancy Grace Thursday that both had “failed” the tests.

But on Friday, Kampfer said that the while Dunn and Adkins were polygraphed, neither were told whether they passed or failed. No matter what happened, Dunn apparently asked Adkins to leave her home after those results.

Law enforcement have said repeatedly they know his location, believed to be in nearby Dunn.

In a brief interview after Grace’s Thursday night program, the girl’s mother reiterated that she would never choose to protect “anybody,” including Adkins “if I thought he had anything to do with it.”

“I had put a lot of faith into those, and that faith is gone,” she said. I would have came forward a long time ago,” she said, though she added that she was convinced that the lie detector tests were destined to “clear everybody.”

On Thursday, a helicopter took to the air in an effort to find the missing girl. By

that point, there were 30 law enforcement officers, working for nine agencies, actively participating, said senior Department of Public Safety Trooper Sparky

Dean, while a “whole slew” of other agencies offered to help in other manners.

“To me it looks like an anthill,” Dean said the activity. “You’ve got people coming and going and chasing leads and coming back, saying, ‘This lead didn’t work, what’s next? Give me something else to do another lead to follow up on.’ There may be some they can sit down and do on the computer. There may be some they have to pound the pavement.”

That was the approach law enforcement agencies returned to Friday, a dozen groups of two each going to the north Colorado City neighborhood around Hailey’s home, conducting interviews and asking for assistance in locating her — and patently ignoring any other illegalities that they might come across to laser-focus on finding the missing 13-year-old.

At the same time, a group of residents, inspired by a Facebook group, took to the streets in the hope of locating the girl the group’s founder termed “a daughter, a sister, a friend and a child of God who has lost her way.”

The Lamar Sign Company, in the absence of the case meeting the requirements for an Amber Alert, donated more than a dozen digital billboards around the state to show Hailey Dunn’s face and description, with vinyl billboards also planned. Earlier in the week, standing among a throng of television and other media crews gathered across the street from the Dunn home, Kampfer described the search as “community-consuming.”

“Anything of a cooperative method or aspect that they (the community) can put

together, that’s what they’re trying to do,” he said, noting that police and other law enforcement officials, too, were “working diligently and all hours to get it right.”

Andra Maxwell, who teaches eighth-grade history at Colorado Middle School, was one of several people who eagerly stepped forward to praise that effort.

“I’m in full support of our local law enforcement agencies,” she said, adding that she believes national news coverage, especially, has added an unfairly negative spin to what has been happening in town.

“Nobody cares more or has worked long, hard hours than our local, small police department and our sheriff’s office,” she said, adding that many in town had been taking food to the impromptu command center created for law enforcement agencies downtown, since many officers wouldn’t otherwise even take the time to eat a meal.

In the downtown area, where errant cotton bolls bunch at the side of the streets

like drifts of snow, Deborah Wilson, realized her investment club meeting probably had been canceled Thursday when she saw the massive horde of police, sheriff’s department, and other vehicles gathered in front of the bank turned law enforcement center.

The sight, she said, heartened her, leaving her hopeful of Dunn’ safe return.

“Everybody’s pulled together,” she said of the effort.

Wilson said that she had lived in the community for 56 years and could not remember anything of the sort or scale happening in her lifetime.

“I think it’s touched everybody,” she said. ”I don’t know her, but she’s part of us. Everyone wants to find her. Everyone wants her to come home.”

DIFFERING VIEWS

Those who live near or otherwise know Hailey Dunn’s family paint a variety of portraits of her home life.

Betty Williams, 40, called the situation a “nightmare,” not just for herself, but for the Dunn family.

“It makes you uneasy, especially since it’s so close,” Williams said. “I never thought it would happen in little Colorado City.”

Williams, who said that she had known Billie Jean Dunn for about a year, admits she met the mother and her family in a perhaps less-than-ideal circumstance — a dog owned by the family had bitten one of her children.

“That’s how I got to know her,” she said.

But through such strange circumstances, she said, she found someone who was friendly, willing to “do anything” for her children, and someone she knows is genuinely heartbroken over the sudden disappearance of her daughter.

“If it’s the worst, her mom, she couldn’t take it,” she said. “She couldn’t take it when my son got bit … And this, I imagine she’s going crazy.”

In the meantime, Williams has had to explain to her younger children, ages 6 and 7, as best she can what has been happening. But her oldest child, she said, perhaps has the greatest burden because he understands what is wrong.

“He said, ‘Gee, mom, could that happen to me?’” she said. “And I said, ‘Yes, baby, it can.’ And so you teach them.”

Walking with her children through the streets of Colorado City, Magin Jones, 32, agreed, saying the disappearance was in certain respects confusing because of the smallness and closeness of the community, including what she knew about the Dunn family.

Jones said her husband used to work with Billie Jean Dunn’s father in the oil field, and she knew Hailey’s mother through the daughter of a mutual friend.

“They were a close family, even though the mom and the dad were separated,” Jones said. “As far as I know, they remained friends and stayed, for their children, civil. … From what I see on the outside, they all seem to get along just fine.”

Jones said that the size of the community makes it easy for people to notice new details, leaving her to speculate that anything especially anything out-of-the-ordinary should have been seen by others.

THE FAMILY

“You get this false sense of a security in a small town thinking that because you live in a small town that something like this couldn’t happen. But look: it did,” she said. “It’s really sad that something like this could put our small town on the map like that.”

Her family, including her children ages 8, 10-going-on-11, and 12, are all praying for Dunn’s return, she said.

“What parent wouldn’t want that child to come home, because we would all want to think our own child would come home,” she said.

Cecilia Garcia said she had never interacted with Dunn’s extended family.

The first time she saw Hailey’s mother was on television, she said. And Hailey never had spent the night at friend’s her house, even though two were close friends.

Mary Beth Garcia, her mother said, had visited the Dunns’ home overnight.

“My daughter, I let her visit her and spend the night,” she said. “And the last time I did, I didn’t like it, because I heard they were walking the street with other kids”

Garcia said she never let her daughter spend the night at the home again.

Later, she said that her daughter told her that Dunn had expressed a desire to move in with her birth father, which Garcia said her daughter indicated led to a family altercation around Christmastime.

Donna Byerley met Hailey her through Byerley’s boyfriend, who had once dated a relative of Billie Jean Dunn. She described the girl’s home life as “volatile at times.”

Byerley characterized the 13-year-old as not getting along with her mother’s boyfriend, and Hailey herself as always wandering “here and there,” coming and going largely “as she pleases.”

But rather than a little girl lost, Byerley painted a picture of a compassionate person, whether it was taking care of a mutual friend of a family pet, a girl who remained “very much an individual,” with an honest style of communication whether talking about school, family or friends.

Dunn has stayed with Byerley and her boyfriend off and on, including the last two weeks of the previous school year, Byerley said.

“That was the school year that I think she started in Colorado City, went to Snyder a month or so, and then back to Colorado City,” she said.

“The last few weeks, perhaps month, she was living with her Dad because she doesn’t like the boyfriend,” Byerley said, referring to Adkins.

Her mother’s new relationship, and worries that it was preventing her parents from being together, served as a partial catalyst for Hailey’s difficulties with Adkins, Byerley said.

Billie Jean Dunn said she met on the social network site MySpace.

“I know he yelled at her,” she said of Hailey’s relationship with Adkins, though she said she knew of no accusations of physical or other abuse.

In public statements, Billie Jean Dunn has said that while Hailey initially had issues with Adkins, she had warmed to him as time went on.

Similarly, Byerley said Clint and Billie Jean Dunn’s relationship often was rocky.

“They’ve always had blowouts — screaming, yelling,” she said.

A search of website publicdata.com reveals no criminal histories for Billie Jean Dunn or for Shawn Adkins. Clint Dunn, however, has multiple arrests, starting in 1994 for burglary of a building, a state jail felony. Following that are subsequent arrests in 1998 for possession of marijuana, under 2 ounces, one in March 1999 for driving with a suspended license.

He was arrested again Jan. 30, 2010, by Snyder police for possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. And he was arrested at his home Dec. 29, again for possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, and a Scurry County warrant.

In 2008, Billie Jean Dunn’s license to practice nursing in the state was revoked by the Texas Board of Nursing. According to the group’s formal charges, Dunn practiced as a vocational nurse without a license from June 1, 2007, to April 20, 2008, while employed at Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder. Board records indicate her license expired May 31, 2007.

Dunn’s conduct “deceived residents, their families, fellow caregivers and the public,” who believed that her practice of nursing was in compliance with the board’s rules and regulations, according to the board’s findings. Dunn was, according to the board, given an opportunity to show compliance with state law to retain her license.

The case was heard in an open meeting in Austin on Nov. 12, 2008. Dunn did not appear, the record says.

According to tax records, the Dunns still collectively own their home at 1804 Chestnut, which they purchased in November 2001. Clinton Dunn owned 1143 Chestnut until 2008.

OUT OF CHARACTER

As for Hailey herself, Byerley characterized the teenage as open, honest, smart “not just academically but street-smart,” and the sort to run toward help, rather than away.

“It’s extremely out of character,” she said of the girl’s disappearance. “She would go to a friend’s house. She would come to our house. She’s done it so many times before. … I hope she does it again.”

But Byerley said she doesn’t think Hailey is in town.

“Someone would have seen her,” she said.

Andra Maxwell, who teaches eighth grade history, and Tammy Johnson, who taught

Hailey reading, remember no warning signs. What they do recall is a vivacious, perpetually smiling teenager, a good student who worked hard, loved to pitch in, and took care of her business in the classroom.

“There was no change in her normal demeanor, her friends, her behavior, anything,” said Johnson, speaking of Hailey Dunn before her disappearance.

Hailey’s fellow students, the women said, were taking in the disappearance in their own way.

“It’s not the normal junior high antics going on,” Johnson said of her classroom. “As far as in the classroom, I think for most the routine is comforting. They know it’s something they can count on. It’s security.”

Johnson said that teachers, as a united front, are not engaging in open speculation with students about what happened. There is no effort to rearrange classrooms, and so far structure is being maintained that anticipates Hailey’s return.

But one thing that they do know is that the Hailey, the one who tells Maxwell with an intense sincerity each day that she loves her, would be unlikely simply run away from problems — or probably, anyone at all.

“They’d have to be pretty stout,” Maxwell said. “She’s a sweet little girl, but she was always very tough. If she needed, to she could probably take half the boys in this school. I’d want her on my side.”

Danny Galey, who teaches automotive tech at Colorado High School, remembers when the Dunns were his neighbors.

“The little girl, I can remember when she was just a little baby,” Galey, 65, said.

He recalls letting her use his sidewalk for her tricycle, since their home didn’t have one in front.

“Everyone is just praying to God that we find her alive,” he said, looking across the street at the school.

Overhead, small clouds bring in another wintry chill to what had been a fairly warm day.

“That’s what everybody is hoping and praying for,” he said. “That’s what we want.”

 

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