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Authorities search landfill for missing 13-year-old

January 15, 2011

Hailey Dunn

COLORADO CITY — The search for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn expanded Friday to include a landfill in Abilene.

According to reports by television news station KTXS, search personnel were spotted through the news outlet's tower camera, located in the northern part of Abilene.

Colorado City Manager Pete Kampfer confirmed that investigators — utilizing cadaver dogs provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice — were searching the facility.

Cadaver dogs are canines that have been trained to detect human bodies or remains.

Kampfer also said Friday's search isn't the first to focus on a landfill, with the Colorado City landfill having been searched as part of the investigation.

Dunn was last seen walking from her home in northern Colorado City toward a friend's house about 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27. According to police reports, the last person to see her was her mother's live-in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, who told investigators the young girl told him she was going to walk to her father's house a block away, then spend the night with a friend.

According to police records, the girl's mother, Billie Dunn, and Adkins both failed polygraph tests administered by investigators. Most recently, Adkins was named as a “person of interest” in the investigation.

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