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Billie Dunn: 'We're Looking For A Living, Breathing Little Girl'

Published On: Jan 19 2011 12:45:31 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 19 2011 04:30:07 AM CST
COLORADO CITY, Texas -

The parents of missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn have not given up hope.

Far from it, they both said Wednesday as the 13-year-old eighth-grader went missing for the 23rd day.

Hailey's mother, Billie Dunn, said there's one primary message she wants out: "We're looking for a living, breathing little girl. We're not looking for a corpse."

She made this statement through a spokesperson, a family friend who answered the door at her house in Colorado City. Billie Dunn has not spoken directly with KTXS since KTXS first released the law enforcement affidavits last week.

Clint Dunn, Hailey's father, also said he was not giving up hope. He met with volunteer searchers at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the bridge in the community of Dunn where a make-shift memorial has sprung up on the railings along the bridge.

The railing contains dozens and dozens of stuffed animals attached to the railings.

Clint Dunn thanked the volunteers in a brief emotional moment of prayer and encouragement. The search volunteers call themselves "Hailey's Angels."

Clint Dunn later said he is meeting with a private investigator Wednesday, and also with a psychic, to pursue any possible new leads. He said that he would not be going out with search parties through fields because he wouldn't want to see his daughter that way.