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No Closure In Hailey Dunn Case: Friends, Neighbors Stunned By News

Published On: Mar 23 2012 02:16:21 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2012 07:48:14 AM CDT

Friends, neighbors and searchers in the Hailey Dunn case reacted to shocking news Friday afternoon with mixed emotions.

Officials announced that the remains found in a shallow grave in Big Spring on Tuesday were not the remains of Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn.

Many who have followed the story for 15 months since Hailey Dunn disappeared were expecting some closure in the case. Instead, they were stunned by the news that the remains were of a male.

?We have mixed feelings about the news,? said Kristy Lloyd, a volunteer searcher in the group ?Hailey?s Angels,? which has spent hundreds of hours organizing and leading volunteer searches for Hailey.

?We wanted closure,? she said, ?but this gives us hope that she?s still alive.?

Several other neighbors and friends indicated they would like to have had closure in the case, but they said they are now praying for the family of the victim found partially buried Tuesday in Big Spring just east of the airport.

Hailey Dunn has been missing since Dec. 27, 2010, when she was last seen by Shawn Adkins, the live-in boyfriend of Hailey?s mother Billie Jean Dunn.

Adkins remains the only named suspect in the case, although no arrests have been made.