Colorado City Vigil Held to Keep Hope Alive for Missing Teen

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

COLORADO CITY - To keep up hope for her safe return, Colorado City held a vigil for Hailey Dunn Friday night at the First Baptist Church gym.

People were handing out more than 600 buttons at the door, with a picture of Hailey and the message: "Have you seen me? Call 911".

Each button carried the message to never give up, no matter how long it takes.

"This is our community, so this is our child," Kristy Lloyd, a Colorado Middle School Secretary, said.

People from Hailey's searches, her school, and from around her home, gathered for a vigil different from the others, a vigil to rekindle hope.

"Even though it's been over three weeks, we're still looking and still praying for her," Lloyd said.

Even though the cameras were told to wait outside, the same wish was written on every face.

"Just bring her home," Lloyd said.

Dozens were there to unite their well-wishes for Hailey's safe return.

Mark Klaas and the Klaaskids Foundation For Children, as well as Bikers Against Child Abuse, attended to encourage everyone to keep up the search.

Others came to have another chance to offer their help.

"I work Monday through Friday so I can come out on the weekends and help," Snyder resident, Christie Lloyd, said. "It breaks my heart to see a little girl missing, and I want to be a part of it. Hailey, if you're out there, call 911. We love you, we miss you, and we want you home."

Hailey's classmates talked about the hundreds of buttons they made at school.

"Took us a long time to make them because we didn't know how, and then Coach Lemons came in and he showed us and then we started making them," Colorado Middle School 8th Grader, Aaron Griffin, said. "First girl in Colorado Middle School to ever come up missing."

Friday night was a message to the searchers and to Hailey's family.

Three weeks without a trace doesn't matter.

The search will continue until Hailey is found.

Mark Klaas couldn't go on camera, he was doing an interview with a national news network. But he and the Colorado City Manager, Pete Kampfer, told NewsWest 9 they'll be up bright and early Saturday at the Colorado City Civic Center to continue working with searchers.