13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn was a lovable eighth-grader at Colorado City Middle School. Hailey’s friends described her as a jokester who knew what she wanted out of life and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She had a way with words and never failed to put a smile on someone’s face. Hailey was a cheerleader, a saxophone player and an athlete.
Hailey lived in Colorado City, Texas with her older brother David, her mother Billie Jean and Billie Jean’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. Billie Jean’s ex-husband and the father of her children, Clinton Dunn, lived across the street. Hailey and her father were especially close. Not a day went by that she didn’t knock on his door, even for a few seconds to say hello on her way to school.
On December 27, 2010, there was no knock at Clinton’s door. Hailey didn’t show up, and the world got a little darker.