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Missing cheerleader's remains identified

  • Human bones found in Texas last month identified as missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn
  • Remains found 30 miles from where Hailey was last seen alive
Remains found identified as 13-year-old Hailey Dunn.

Authorities confirmed Friday that human bones found in Scurry County, Texas, last month were those of missing 13-year-old cheerleader Hailey Dunn, according to the family's attorney.

John Young, attorney for the Dunn family, told HLN that authorities recovered the bones on March 16 off a State highway.

Law enforcement officials told HLN last month the remains were discovered near Lake J.B. Thomas, which is about 12 miles from Snyder, Texas. The lake is about 30 miles from Colorado City, where Hailey was last seen alive at her mother’s home on Dec. 27, 2010.

Hailey's mother, Billie Dunn, was notified of the identification by Texas Rangers on Friday. She is currently attempting to make travel arrangements to head back to Colorado City to mourn the loss of her daughter, Young told HLN. 

Officials tell HLN affiliate KTXS the investigation into Dunn's death is still ongoing. They said they haven't ruled out or identified the case as a homicide.

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