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Dental records to determine if Scurry County remains are missing Colorado City teen, mother says

Published On: Mar 19 2013 09:16:14 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2013 02:24:32 PM CDT
Hailey Dunn

Billboards and other methods were used as part of an effort to locate Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn, who turned up missing in December 2010.

ABILENE, Texas -

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.