Billie Dunn, the mother of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, told reporters this week that a witness saw her daughter with another girl at 8:30 pm on the day she disappeared, hours after suspect Shawn Adkins said he last saw her.
At a press conference outside her home in Colorado City on Monday, Dunn read a lengthy prepared statement defending herself against what she said were inaccurate media reports, criticizing investigators and laying out her own detailed timeline of events surrounding her daughter’s disappearance. Hailey Dunn was reported missing on December 28, and Adkins—Billie Dunn’s boyfriend—told police he had not seen her since around 3:15 pm the day before when she told him she was going to spend the night at a friend’s house.
According to previous reports, the friend never saw Hailey that day, but Dunn claimed Monday that a witness saw both girls walking with a teenage boy on Hickory Street in town around 8:30 that night. Dunn also said two neighbors had seen Hailey around noon.
She expressed frustration that authorities seemed to be disregarding information from these witnesses and others who believe they saw Hailey on December 27. However, city manager Pete Kampfer told KTXS that the witness accounts Dunn was referring to could not be validated.
Dunn complained that many of her interviews and media appearances had quoted her out of context in ways that wrongly made her statements seem inconsistent. She also said she did not understand why police were not releasing the names of other persons of interest who they want to locate and question. In response to that criticism, Kampfer told KTXS that authorities do not want to tip off anyone they are looking at by publicly identifying them.
Dunn also said that the reports of her holding a “New Year’s Eve party” after Hailey disappeared, as alleged in search warrant affidavits, are “absurdity beyond belief,” but family members were at her home that night to comfort her.
Aside from the alleged sightings of Hailey on December 27, the timeline Dunn presented was largely consistent with the facts established in previous statements and court documents. According to her, Shawn Adkins returned to her house at 3:00 after quitting his job in the morning and then visiting relatives. Adkins told her that Hailey left about 15 minutes after that. Dunn said that she reported Hailey missing at 2:00 pm the next day when she learned that the teen had not stayed at her friend’s house.
An attorney for Adkins has repeatedly denied that he was involved in Hailey’s disappearance, but he is the only suspect authorities have named in the case.
At the beginning of Monday’s statement, Billie Dunn spoke directly to Hailey, saying that she desperately needed her daughter home. “You’re the most beautiful girl I ever laid my eyes on,” she said, “and I’m very proud God chose me to be your mother.”