Investigators plan to use dental records to see if skeletal remains found in Scurry County belong to missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn, her mother told a Midland-Odessa TV station Monday.
Speaking to KWES, Billie Dunn confirmed investigators had been in contact with her and that a DNA test wasn’t planned.
"I'm looking for answers and closure, but then again, when a body is found, I'm praying it's not her," Dunn said.
The remains were found Saturday near Lake JB Thomas southwest of Snyder. Authorities are calling the area a crime scene.
A spokesperson with the Department of Public Safety said the remains were found in a mesquite, thorn, and cactus-riddled area only accessible by foot.
No age or gender has been identified because the body was so badly decomposed.
DPS, Texas Rangers, and the FBI could all be seen on scene Monday.
An SUV from the 32nd Judicial District Attorney could be scene Sunday. It represents Nolan, Fisher, and Mitchell Counties. Colorado City is located in Mitchell County.
Officials said once they send the body off for an autopsy, it could be days or weeks before a positive identification can be made.