Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hailey Dunn case now a "Missing Persons" case.

The Texas Rangers are joining in with local law enforement in the search for missing 13 year old Hailey Dunn.  Dunn was last seen Monday, Dec. 27th about 3:15pm leaving her home at 1804 Chestnut.  Initially labeled as a runaway, the case has now been classified as a missing person.

The middle school student's mother, Billie Ostrander, she says the message she wants to send to her daughter is simple.  "I want her to know that I have to have her back," she said, with tears in her eyes, "And her dad has to have her back. We're torn up."

The popular teen at Colorado City Middle School vanished without a trace just two days after Christmas. She was last seen at her home, at 1804 Chestnut in Colorado City, in the afternoon. Hailey said she was going to her dad's house before visiting her best friend, but Hailey never made it to either destination.   "We love her and if she left on her own free will, or whatever reason she left, we can fix it," Billie Jean said, "we can deal with it."

"She's a wonderful girl. She has a little attitude sometimes, but not a bad kid," Billie Jean explained. "I've never had to worry about Hailey doing anything bad such as run away or do drugs, sex, anything of that nature. I don't worry about that."

The fact that Hailey never packed any bags leads family and friends to believe that she didn't leave intentionally. "That raised some red flags to us, and really, really worried us." said Shawn Adkins.

John Bivens, Chief of Police in Colorado City, said officers are following several leads at this time, and won't rest until Hailey makes it home safe.  As Texas Rangers and local investigators continue their search for Hailey, her mother prays for her little girl's safe return. "God gave her to us, and we want her back," she said.  A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Hailey's safe return.  Anyone with any information is urged to call the Colorado City Police Dept at 325-728-5294.