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Hailey Dunn is remembered three years later

By Dora Miller, Reporter, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 28 2013 08:55:42 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 28 2013 08:59:10 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Saturday marked three years since 13-year-old Hailey Dunn was reported missing.

She was last seen on December 27, 2010. KTXS took a brief look back on Hailey's life and the impact she had on the community:

It seemed as if the the Big Country was at a stand-still waiting for updates on Hailey's disappearance.

"Year one it was really hard we kept thinking it's only been a year we can still find her you know we're not giving up. Year two it is harder to hold out hope," Hope for Hailey Search Coordinator, Kristy Lloyd, said.

That was just last year, but since then Hailey's body has been found. Her remains were discovered near Lake JB Thomas in Scurry County, more than two years after tragedy struck the community.

At her memorial service earlier this year, her friends, family and teachers said goodbye to her and remembered the fun, caring girl she was.

Colorado City Middle School teacher Audra Maxwell remembers how she expressed her love for her family, "She even wrote him a note in that textbook...over the entire back cover of the textbook, says I love my big brother."

Even those who weren't as close to her, came to show their support and love for a young soul...one gone too soon.

Since then, many questions have been left with no answers, while Hailey's mother aches for the things she's not able to do with her daughter.

"There's so much I'm missing out on," Billie Dunn, Hailey's mother, said. "I see people in the stores all the time, moms and daughters, and the daughters throwing a fit because she's not getting what she wants and that should be me and my daughter arguing over what shoes she's gonna get or what car I'm gonna buy her."

And Billie said if she were still alive, she would tell her daughter "how beautiful she is and how happy I am to see her.... I would never let her go."

Although there continue to be memorial walks and gatherings since Hailey's disappearance, there have been no arrests in connection to her death.