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The search for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn from Colorado City continues.
According to a news release Wednesday afternoon, the Task Force, consisting of 12 law enforcement agencies, is continuing the search efforts for the teenage girl. Hailey was reported missing by her mother, Billie Jean Dunn, on Dec. 28, and she was last seen by Shawn Adkins, Dunn's boyfriend, on Dec. 27.
Investigators continue to reiterate that the investigation, while it does involve a missing person, is criminal. "While evidence uncovered suggests elements of criminal activity, the task force continues to aggressively investigate all leads and tips."
Information unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday was that persons of interest are under 24-hour surveillance. Later in the evening, reports surfaced that Shawn Adkins is among those listed as "persons of interest."
An affidavit released to the public earlier this week cites disturbing statements made by Adkins and frightening details of his life, as well as a timeline of Adkins' whereabouts leading up to and after Hailey's disappearance. The affidavit also states questionable behavior from Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, during a polygraph test. Documents also state both Adkins and Dunn as being under the influence of narcotics before being denied one of several polygraph tests, and they hosted a party on New Year's Eve, only days after Hailey's disappearance.
The search efforts have led officials back into Dunn, Texas, the small town north of Colorado City, for a second neighborhood canvas. Multiple counties are being searched by foot as well as aerial. Also, past abduction reports from up to a 100-mile radius are being reviewed.
Other reports from past burglaries, "peeping toms" and similar situations are being used to help develop leads. Even sex offenders are being actively questioned throughout the investigation. More interviews of friends, family members and neighbors continue to be conducted by officials as well.
Law enforcement officials still urge the public to remain vigilant and continue to reach out to the public for assistance in the case. The news release states, "The media attention to this search has assisted law enforcement officials in identifying witnesses."
Anyone with information on Hailey's whereabouts are asked to contact the Colorado City Police Department at 325-728-5294 or 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). The affidavits and search warrants are available to read on the newspaper's website, www.sweetwaterreporter.com.