Nearly 20 months after her disappearance, Hailey Dunn hasn't been forgotten. An amazing group of people have come together to form HopeForHailey.org, a group dedicated to finding the missing teenager.
The cheerleader disappeared on the way to a friends' house on December 27th, 2010, from her Colorado City, Texas, home. She was said to be walking, and not only did she never arrive at her destination, she wasn't expected. Her scent was tracked about halfway to her intended destination and again at a hotel, but no signs of the teen have been recovered.
There has been speculation that Hailey's mother, Billie Dunn, and her then-live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, have some knowledge about her whereabouts, but nothing has been confirmed regarding their innocence or guilt. Hailey's brother, David, said that when he arrived at the house the afternoon she went missing, he had to pound on the door for several minutes, with no answer. He also said, when he did get in, Adkins was standing in the hallway, looking like "a deer in headlights." Had he been caught?
Nothing appeared to be missing from Hailey's room after her disappearance, including her new iPod, cash, and her favorite clothing items that inlcude a jacket friends say she'd never leave home without. Also, it's been said that running away would be completely out of character for Hailey.
Hope for Hailey is sponsoring an event on Saturday, to celebrate Hailey's 15th birthday, complete with a prayer vigil and a balloon release. Her birthday is August 28th.
Twenty months is a long time for a teenager to be missing. Where is Hailey Dunn? Did some terrible event befall her? Does her family know more than they are letting on? Has she been taken by human traffickers? So many terrible things come to mind when discussing a young girl that's been missing for so long.
Luckily, Hailey has people in her corner that believe there is still hope for her. The people of Hope for Hailey have faith that she will return. With any luck, they are right.