BIG SPRING, Texas - It has been determined the remains found in Big Spring on Tuesday are not the remains of Hailey Dunn. The remains are of a male victim, according to Big Spring police.
Det. George Oliver of the Big Spring Police Department, who is attending the autopsy, relayed to Big Spring officials Friday that the examination revealed that the remains were of a male.
He said that nothing else has been determined. He said a news release will be sent out after the completion of the autopsy and the preliminary report is released from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
The announcement was startling news for many who had speculated this week that the remains were that of missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn.
Dunn, then an eighth-grader at Colorado Middle School in Colorado City, has been missing since Dec. 27, 2010. Her disappearance sparked a massive search by law enforcement and by hundreds of volunteers over the next few months searching through rugged areas in Mitchell and Scurry counties and surrounding areas.
She has never been found, and there have been no arrests in connection to her disappearance.
The last person who claimed to see her alive is also the only named suspect in the case: Shawn Adkins. Adkins was the live-in boyfriend of Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, and lived in the same house with Hailey.
Adkins left his job the morning that Hailey disappeared, and Adkins' story about where he went that morning has raised questions among law enforcement, but he admitted to authorities that he traveled to his mother's house in Big Spring on that day.
Billie Jean Dunn admitted that both she and Adkins have failed lie detector tests during the initial stages of the investigation in January 2011.
About five months after Hailey's disappearance, the couple moved to the Austin area.