Cities Come Together to Find Hailey Dunn

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

COLORADO CITY - West Texans have come together to help search for missing cheerleader, Hailey Dunn.

Everyday, people are showing up in droves, ready to help out.

On Saturday, those folks told NewsWest 9, they're not giving up until they find Hailey.

"I've got children and I hope that if it ever happens to me, I'd want the community and everybody to do the same for me," concerned resident, Timothy Boyd, said.

Without a trace of Hailey Dunn anywhere in sight, the citizens of Colorado City and surrounding towns are stepping up their efforts to find the missing 13-year-old.

On Saturday, nearly 200 people came out on foot, on horseback and even on four-wheelers, trying to find anything that can lead to Hailey, but many of those people agree, they're hoping their search doesn't turn up anything.

"Just looking for tracks, just looking for grass that's laid down, looking for thick wooded areas," Boyd said. "We hope we don't find anything of evidence in that, we're hoping that she's safe somewhere else."

Word of Saturday's search spread fast on Facebook and it drew people from all over West Texas including Sweetwater and San Angelo, and even someone from Austin.

"It makes me feel great, I mean, Texas cares and it shows," Volunteer, Bubba Limones, said.

Limones helped organize the search. He and other residents said they never thought twice about their children's safety before Hailey vanished.

"This doesn't happen here," he said. "I've lived here for 30 years and I was never scared of anything like this happening."

Amber Austerman, a resident of Sweetwater, grew up in Colorado City.

"It's just hard, I cant imagine, I cant sleep," Austerman said. "I don't think anybody can sleep at night if they're a mother."

Whether it was feeling a parent's agony or just simply wanting to help out their community, searchers said they won't stop until Hailey is found.

"Just to find her, just to make sure she's safe," Austerman said. "She needs to be at home where she belongs."