Wednesday marked the seven month anniversary of the disappearance of Hailey Dunn, a 13-year-old cheerleader who vanished without a trace from a small Texas town.
"They say it gets better with time [but] whoever [said that does] not know what they are talking about," Hailey's grandmother, Connie Jones, wrote in a post on the "Help Find Hailey Dunn" Facebook page today.
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"No my friends, it doesn't get better," Jones continued. "I know everyone is saying I have [given] up. No, I haven't [given up] but seven months is a long time."
Hailey, a student at Colorado City Middle School, was last seen on the afternoon of Dec. 27, 2010, when she reportedly told her mother's boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, 25, that she was leaving to spend the night with a friend.
Colorado City is located about 70 miles west of Abilene and has a population of around 4,000.
Hailey never made it to her friend's house. Her mother, Billie Dunn, 33, reported her missing the following morning, police said.
The friend Hailey was to be staying with later told police she had not made any plans for Hailey to spend the night and was unaware she was coming over.
Colorado City Police, along with the Texas Rangers, the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement departments in the region have conducted several searches for Hailey but have found no sign of her.
In the weeks following Hailey's disappearance Adkins was named a person of interest in the case. According to Colorado City Manager Pete Kampfer, Adkins remains the only person of interest.
"It is an open investigation," Kampfer told The Huffington Post. "Detectives are still perusing leads and doing follow up on the investigations. ... Our new [police] chief is in training this week and we will be working on it aggressively in the weeks to follow."
Volunteers continue to conduct searches for Hailey and are planning to meet up at Stripes gas station in Colorado City at 10 a.m. Saturday to post flyers in the area.
Speaking with KTXS News, volunteer organizer Kristy Lloyd said the group's efforts are intended to "keep her face up as good as we can -- so people won't forget her."
Anyone with information on Hailey Dunn’s whereabouts is asked to contact Colorado City police at 325-728-5294.
Hailey Dunn, a 13-year-old student at Colorado City Middle School in Texas, was last seen on the afternoon of Dec. 27, 2010.
I photo of Hailey Dunn, dated October 2009, that was posted to the "Help Find Hailey Dunn" Facebook page.
This Jan. 12, 2011 picture shows the Colorado City, Texas home of Hailey Dunn, 13.
Billie Jean Dunn, the mother of missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn, responds to information in affidavits released by Mitchell County Judge Ray Mayo at her home. Documents obtained from Mitchell County Judge Ray Mayo reveal multiple inconsistencies with what the boyfriend of the mother of missing teen has reported to authorities.
This photo from Facebook shows Hailey with her father Clint Dunn and some family members.
This photo taken on Christmas day 2010 shows Hailey with her mother Billie Dun and her mother's boyfriend Shawn Adkins.
A photo of Hailey Dunn from Facebook.
Billie Jean Dunn, center, is escorted from the Mitchell County Jail to a nearby courthouse for her arraignment on March 18, 2011. Dunn, mother of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, appeared in court on charges of misdemeanor hindering prosecution, possession of a dangerous drug and giving a false report to an officer. She was arrested when officers found her boyfriend Shawn Adkins at her home after she denied he was there.
Stuffed animals left by well-wishers for the safe return of Hailey Dunn hang on a bridge in the missing teen's hometown on March 18, 2011.