Hailey Dunn Update: Remains Found Aren't Missing Texas Cheerleader
By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO, March 24 (Reuters) - Human remains found in a West Texas town this week were those of a male, dashing speculation that the disappearance of 13-year-old cheerleader Hailey Dunn had been solved and shifting the focus to four area males listed as missing, police said.
The remains were found Tuesday near the Big Spring city airport in an area known as Desert Tanks, about 40 miles from Dunn's home in Colorado City.
The bones were found about a mile from the home of the mother of Hailey's mother's boyfriend, who had been named as a 'person of interest' in the case, but has never been charged.
"The remains appear to have been here for a long period of time," Big Spring police said in a statement.
Dunn vanished from her home three days after Christmas in 2010 touching off a high profile missing child case in Texas.
Billboards featuring the smiling 13 year old wearing her cheerleader's uniform and offering a reward for information on her whereabouts are still standing across Texas.
Detectives say nothing more is known about the possible identity of the bones, which are being autopsied in Fort Worth.
They hope forensic tests will provide more details, such as the approximate age of the individual and how long the bones had been buried at the site.
The four cases involving missing males include one report that dates back to 1982, officials said.
Investigators also have said they hope the discovery of the remains, which placed her disappearance back into the news, will prompt new leads in Dunn's case. (Reporting by Jim Forsyth; Editing by David Bailey)
PHOTOS FROM HAILEY DUNN CASE
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.
Hailey Dunn's House
This Jan. 12, 2011 picture shows the Colorado City, Texas home of Hailey Dunn, 13.
Billie Jean Dunn
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.
Hailey And Family
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
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.
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