Colorado City girl missing

January 3, 2011

Hailey Dunn

It has been a week since a 13-year-old girl from Colorado City has been missing.
Hailey Darlene Dunn was last seen on Monday, Dec. 27, at 1804 Chestnut Street in Colorado City around 1 p.m., wearing navy blue sweatpants, a short sleeved light colored T-shirt and pink and white tennis shoes. Hailey has hazel eyes, pierced ears and brown hair with blondish streaks. She is 5'1" and weighs 120 pounds.
On Friday, Dec. 31, Colorado City citizens spread throughout the city and even into Sweetwater to pass out flyers in an effort to expand the search. According to Colorado City police, investigators are following up leads from phone calls and have met with family, friends and neighbors to find the missing girl.
Hailey was on her way to a friend's house with the intention of spending the night with her friend. When she didn't return home on Tuesday, Hailey's mother became frightfully concerned about her daughter's whereabouts.
The investigation is currently being treated as a runaway. A statewide Amber Alert has not been issued, based on the fact that police do not believe Hailey has met with foul play, nor does evidence suggest a violent abduction.
On Sunday night, Jan. 2, approximately 750 people attended a prayer vigil held at the Colorado Middle School. Several ministers spoke at the vigil and urged those in attendance to pray for Hailey, her family and "those she might be with".
A $10,000 reward, initially set at $1,000 and raised from the $4,500 that was being offered on Friday afternoon, is being offered by the Colorado City Police Department for any information leading to the whereabouts and safe return of Hailey Dunn. Please call 325-728-5294 or 325-728-3161 with any information.

Comments

dunn in atlanta?

January 13, 2011 by help4dunn (not verified), 3 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 103

Hi, my name is Allen. I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I had a question, would Ms.Dunn have any reason to be in Atlanta, Georgia? I will be on the lookout anyway, because you never know!

amber alert guidelines

January 6, 2011 by lynelle (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 93

It is not required to have a suspect or vehicle to issue an amber alert. It is the investigators call as to whether or not there is reason to believe the child's life is in danger due to abduction. Without strong evidence that the child was a runaway, the police should have responded in the best interest of the child as soon as she was reported missing.

As reported on ABC News.com

January 7, 2011 by Phil (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 97

And as reported in the Abilene and Colorado City papers, the police (investigators) have requested an Amber Alert three times. It is not their call to make. They can only request it, which they have already done, not once, but three times.

What more do you wish them to do?

My daughter is a friend of

January 4, 2011 by Heathet (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 92

My daughter is a friend of Hailey and we are praying for her safe return home.Our hearts and prayers go outt to the family.

My daughter is a friend of

January 4, 2011 by Heathet (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 91

My daughter is a friend of Hailey and we are praying for her safe return home.Our hearts and prayers go outt to the family.

My daughter is a friend of

January 4, 2011 by Heathet (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 90

My daughter is a friend of Hailey and we are praying for her safe return home.Our hearts and prayers go outt to the family.

colorado city girl missing

January 4, 2011 by harley13 (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 88

I bet if it was one of the law enforcement officers kid or one of there friends kid they would do everything they could believe me they do play favorites.

I pray every day that this

January 3, 2011 by asholdridge (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 87

I pray every day that this little girl is safe some where and unharmed. However I believe there should have been an State wide Amber alert for this little girl. There is every reason in the world why it should have been activated maybe this little girl could of been found by now. I don't think the police department is going to take the blame if something has happened with the delay on their part. When a little girl comes up missing and doesn't end up where she was supposed to is every reason for the Amber alert. There was never a report of Haily being known for running away either so does that out weigh the fact there wasn't an abduction? She never never made it to her friends house nor took personal belongings meets every possible reason for an Amber Alert.
As a mother of two little girls I would be extremely disappointed in the police department and the lack of their responsibilities.

Amber Alerts

January 4, 2011 by Phil (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 89

Before we all get angry at the police over this, we need to read the site on Amber Alerts. In order for there to be an amber alert, there has to be a description of a suspect, or a vehicle description or license number. The Police have released her name to the national news and to every service available to locate her.

The Amber Alert has specific guidelines, and until police have a suspect or a suspected auto with a description, the Amber Alert program will not help. It is important to remember that the Amber Alert is not a magic wand, but a proven program that helps with investigating known abductions.

amber alert guidelines

January 6, 2011 by lynelle (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 94

I read the Amber Alert training guidelines for the state of Texas proceeded by a letter from Governor Perry. It is clear that no vehicle or suspect is required. It is clearly the police departments call after what would hopefully be a prompt investigation to decide if there is reason to believe there was an abduction and the child's life is in danger. In this case, unless the investigator had strong evidence that the child was a runaway, the alert should have been issued immediately after the child was reported missing. Quick response in the child's best interest is the whole purpose of the Amber Alert.

Guidelines

January 7, 2011 by Phil (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 96

I apologize. This paper has not yet reported this part of the story, so I will give you a quote from the ABC News site:

"A small Texas town is upset that the state is refusing to issue an Amber Alert for a 13-year-old cheerleader who has been missing for more than a week.

The Colorado City Police have requested the alert three times since Hailey Dunn, a middle school student, was reported missing Dec. 28 by her mother, Billie Dunn. "

That is from http://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-refuses-issue-amber-alert-missing-girl-ha...

Please do not fault the police on this one.

It is clear?

January 7, 2011 by Phil (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 95

Did you go to amberalert.com (which is a private site) or amberalert.gov, which is the actual site?

As far as the police dropping the ball, the news has been reporting for several days now that the police have tried to obtain an Amber Alert classification from the state -- three times -- and the state has turned them down three times.

Therefore, they continue to look for the things that will allow them to get that alert, and according to the CCity Paper and the Abilene paper -- and this one, too, they need a description of a suspect or a description of a suspected car.

I cannot believe that people still think that the police can just sign a piece of paper or proclaim "amber alert" and the state gets involved. Please don't put this on the CCity police (or the sheriff, or the FBI, or the Texas Rangers). The final call is with the state and with the Amber Alert people themselves.

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