Time Line: Hailey Dunn

The following time line of events was compiled by Bigcountryhomepage.com based on information gathered each day during the search for Hailey Dunn, interviews with Hailey's mother both conducted by our reporters and by Headline News' Nancy Grace, by reports published by other local media outlets, such as ccitynews.net, information from investigators, and search warrant affidavits.  This time line is not meant to be a point of reference, not a fact guide.

Anyone with information about Hailey Dunn is asked to contact the Colorado City Police Department at 325-728-5294.

Sunday, Dec. 26

  • Hailey spent the night with her dad, Clint Dunn, on Christmas, so the morning of Dec. 26 was the last time he saw her
  • David Dunn, Hailey's brother, says Hailey is playing a video game at home at 9 p.m.   Based on her skill level, he believes she'll be playing until midnight. 
Monday, Dec. 27
  • Hailey's mother, Billie Dunn, says live-in boyfriend Shawn Adkins is fired from his job after some sort of blow-up
  • Affidavits show Adkins arrived to work in Snyder at 6 a.m. and left without saying anything at 6:10 a.m.
  • Adkins tells authorities he went straight to his mother's home in Big Spring.  However, cell phone records show Adkins phone was used at 6:35 a.m. and 6:56 a.m. in Colorado City. 
  • Nearly a dozen call were made from Adkins' phone in the Big Spring area from 9:38 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • A neighbor reportedly sees Hailey talking on the phone in her backyard around noon.
  • Adkins tells authorities comes home at 3 p.m.
  • Hailey tells him at 3:15 p.m. that she is going to her dad's, then to Mary Beth's for a sleepover, but neither Clint nor Mary Beth see or hear from her.
  • Adkins and Dunn withdraw $140 from an ATM in Snyder Monday evening.  Affidavits say the money was used to purchase illegal narcotics.
Tuesday, Dec. 28
  • Billie calls her son, David, and asks him to tell Hailey to come home
  • Hailey is reported missing
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Thursday, Dec. 30
  • A description and photo of the missing girl have been entered in the TCIC NCIC Region 5 broadcast system which covers surrounding counties. Also, the information has been put on the CopSync system providing anyone in the state with the CopSync system a picture and information on Dunn.
  • Bigcountryhomepage.com reports interim police chief John Bivens is treating the case as a runaway
  • Searches begin in Colorado City
Friday, Dec. 31
  • Bloodhounds follow Hailey's scent through her neighborhood and to the general vicinity of the Western Suites Motel
  • Friends set up a Facebook page to spread the word
  • A donor creates a $1,000 reward
Saturday, Jan. 1
Sunday, Jan. 2
  • The reward is increased to $10,000
  • Hundreds show up for a candlelight vigil
Monday, Jan. 3
  • Nancy Grace takes Hailey's disappearance national and interviews Billie Dunn
  • Grace and guests criticize the initial treatment of the case as a "runaway"
  • FindHaileyDunn.com is created
Tuesday, Jan. 4
  • Reward is increased to $25,000 (to be later reduced to $15,000)
  • The case is changed with "missing person"

Wednesday, Jan. 5
  • Billie Dunn, Adkins take polygraph tests.  Both fail, according to Dunn.
  • Adkins leaves town to stay with relatives
  • Dunn is interrogated for more than 10 hours
  • ABC News airs story about disappearance
Thursday, Jan. 6
Friday, Jan. 7
  • Volunteers are asked to gather at 2 p.m. at the Mitchell County Court House to begin a county-wide search
  • Law enforcement conducts door-to-door interviews in Colorado City
  • The polygraph administrator says he did not release the results to anyone
  • DPS interviews Billie Dunn again  
Saturday, Jan. 8
Sunday, Jan. 9
Monday, Jan. 10
  • DPS and the Texas Rangers spoke to Colorado Middle School students pleading for anyone who knew anything about Hailey to come forward.  They emphasized to the kids that no one was in trouble.
  • Investigators interview two students, but haven't said if they are the ones that were spotted with Hailey.
  • Nancy Grace dedicates another one-hour broadcast to the Dunn investigation.
  • Law enforcement says they're working two investigations in this case: one that Hailey is a missing person and two that she's the victim of a crime.
  • Authorities say there's no evidence Hailey is a runaway or is hiding.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
  • Investigators plan to follow up on leads from the dozens of tips they're receiving each day.
  • The FBI gets involved in the releasing of information to the public.
  • Officers say they'll try to do a better job communicating with the family.
  • Affidavits are released revealing a chilling timeline of events regarding Billie Dunn and Shawn Adkins
Wednesday, Jan. 12
  • Billie Dunn responds to the affidavits saying most of the items are true.  She does have issue with three aspects of the documents.
  • Adkins refuses to respond to the affidavits 
  • Authorities say they have several "persons of interest."  They reveal Adkins is among them.
  • Law enforcement says its continues to follow up on the nearly 250 tips they've received.  80 square miles has been searched.
  • Nancy Grace again features the Dunn case.
Thursday, Jan. 13
  • An article appears on the main page of CNN.com bringing Hailey's story to tens of thousands.
  • Hailey's paternal grandmother says Hailey was scared of Adkins and theorizes that he killed her

Friday, Jan. 14
  • Adkins is named a suspect in the investigation.
  • Dunn's seized car is returned to her; investigators hold on to a few items from inside the car
  • Investigators comb through an Abilene landfill looking for clues.

Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Officials confirm the search at an Abilene landfill did not result in any evidence found.
  • Shawn Adkins refuses our requests for interview for the fifth straight day.

Monday, Jan. 17

Tuesday, Jan. 18

  • KlaasKids and Laura Recovery Center arrive in Colorado City to help volunteers search for Hailey.
  • Authorities confirm they are looking into a text message discussed on Monday evening's broadcast of Nancy Grace that may have been sent from the phone Hailey was using.
  • KTAB News releases 911 calls in which Billie Dunn says Shawn Adkins has threatened to kill her and Clint Dunn.
  • A witness tells KRBC's Jessica Reyes she saw Hailey on the reported morning of her disappearance walking with a young black male, approximately 6-7 years old.
  • KRBC releases new images of Hailey Dunn, provided by one of her teachers.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

  • Clint and Billie Dunn meet with volunteers as KlaasKids and Laura Recovery Center help organize search efforts
  • Sources tell bigcountryhomepage.com CPS is looking into the Dunns. Billie Dunn confirms she voluntarily placed her other child with relatives.
  • Nancy Grace takes 911 calls, first reported by KTAB, national.
  • Kampfer says if Hailey is indeed the victim of a crime, the district attorney's office needs a body for successful prosecution.

Thursday, Jan. 20

Friday, Jan. 21

Saturday, Jan. 22

Sunday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • Colorado Middle School releases surveillance video of Hailey Dunn walking through school hallways about a week before her disappearance.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

  • The Somer Thompson Foundation provides financial assistance to Billie Dunn while the search for her daughter continues.

Thursday, Jan. 27

  • The day marks on full month since Hailey vanished from Colorado City.

Friday, Jan. 28

Saturday, Jan. 29

Monday, Jan. 31

  • Billie Dunn hosts a news conference to release her own timeline of the events surrounding her daughter's disappearance.

Friday, Feb. 4

Monday, Feb. 7

  • The only named suspect in the Hailey Dunn case, Shawn Adkins, breaks his silence in an exclusive interview with KTAB News.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Thursday, Feb. 17

Friday, Feb. 18

Saturday, Feb. 19

  • Clint Dunn gets out of jail and joins search efforts for his daughter.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Wednesday, Feb. 23

  • CBS 7 in Midland reports nothing was found in the Big Spring landfill search.
  • Billie Dunn says she believes her daughter is the victim of a child abduction.

Friday, Feb. 25

  • Affidavits reveal pornography was discovered in the home of Billie Dunn and Shawn Adkins' mother. Sheriff Patrick Toombs says the images include child porn and bestiality.
  • Billie Dunn reacts to the child porn discovery saying she has no knowledge of what it is.
  • Nancy Grace resumes coverage of the Hailey Dunn case spotlighting the porn discovery.

Sunday, Feb. 27

  • Clint Dunn is scheduled to speak about his daughter's case at a rally in Mansfield, Texas. Billie Dunn will no longer be appearing after the child porn revelation.

Monday, Feb. 28

Tuesday, Mar. 1

Wednesday, Mar. 2

  • Colorado Middle School starts a scholarship fund in 13-year old Hailey Dunn's name.

Thursday, Mar. 3

  • In an interview, Shawn Adkins said he was told that child pornography and bestiality were found on a computer in his mother's home. He said this came as a shock to him and he's still trying to deal with it.

Sunday, Mar. 6

Saturday, Mar. 12

Tuesday, Mar. 15

  • According to Colorado City city manager Pete Kampfer, law enforcement is out looking for Hailey only on a "need-be basis."

Thursday, Mar. 17

  • The mother of Hailey Dunn is arrested and charged with three crimes in connection to the investigation into the disappearance of her daughter.

Friday, Mar. 18

  • Authorities say it's too early to tell if additional child pornography was discovered in the search of Shawn Adkins' grandmother's home in Dunn Thursday evening.
  • In a statement to Bigcountryhomepage.com's Andrew Carlson, Billie admitted lying to police about the whereabouts of Shawn Adkins.

Monday, Mar. 21

  • A search warrant affidavit signed by 132nd District Judge Ernie Armstrong in connection with the search of the home of Shawn Adkins' grandmother revealed nothing into the disappearance of a missing Colorado City teenager.
  • Billie Dunn tells KRBC's Jessica Reyes she has hired an attorney and is no longer able to speak with the media.
  • Billie Dunn's attorney, John Young, speaks on behalf of his client saying he isn't convinced a search warrant was ever issued.

Thursday, Mar. 24

Wednesday, Mar. 23

  • The attorney of the only named suspect in the disappearance of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn has issued a statement that says law enforcement isn't interested in cooperation in the case.
  • New images of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn are released on the official Hope for Hailey Facebook page.

Thursday, Mar. 24

Sunday, Mar. 27

  • A vigil is held to mark three months since Hailey Dunn went missing

Sunday, Mar. 27

  • A vigil is held to mark three months since Hailey Dunn went missing

Wednesday, Mar. 30

  • With the feeling that Hailey Dunn is likely deceased, the Colorado City Police Department has reworded the contingencies for collecting reward money to read, "The reward of $15,000 is now being offered for any info that leads to the whereabouts of Hailey Dunn."
  • Volunteer searchers say they refuse to give up hope despite comments from officials that Hailey is likely deceased.
  • Hailey's family members express frustration over the announcement made by Colorado City's City Manager Pete Kampfer.

Sunday, Apr. 2

  • Volunteers participate in a "Hope for Hailey" car wash to raise funds and awareness for the search efforts.

Wednesday, Apr. 6

  • The father of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn gets arrested after showing up late to a scheduled court appearance.

Thursday, Apr. 7

  • After announcing changes to the wording on the reward for information leading to the whereabouts of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, officials in Colorado City have revamped their reward poster.
  • Clint Dunn bonds out of the Mitchell County jail and reacts to his arrest on Facebook.

Thursday, Apr. 7

  • After announcing changes to the wording on the reward for information leading to the whereabouts of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, officials in Colorado City have revamped their reward poster.

Friday, Apr. 15

  • Search organizers hope incentives will bring more volunteers out to aid their efforts to find missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn this weekend.

Tuesday, Apr. 26

  • Clint Dunn's fiance's mother says she's taking legal action after she said slanderous comments were posted about her online.

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