Colorado City Manager Discusses Statements About Hailey Dunn

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

COLORADO CITY - A press conference was held Wednesday in Colorado City involving missing teen Hailey Dunn. It was part informational and part damage control. The city manager backed off statements he made Tuesday that missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn was dead.

The press conference was a bit confusing at times and even upsetting for members of Hailey's family. But in the end, the investigation into Hailey's disappearance continues and her loved ones are holding out hope.

It started with Colorado City City Manager Pete Kampfer discussing how officials were changing up the reward being offered for information into Hailey's case.  But things quickly changed direction when reporters wanted to know about statements Kampfer made Tuesday to an Abilene TV station that Hailey was likely dead. Kampfer said he wanted to clarify.

Kampfer says from the beginning law enforcement was working under the assumption that Hailey was either dead or being held against her will.

"Reasonably, she probably is deceased, but I'm adding in an aspect of durress a slim possibility because I have no proof that she is deceased. I don't have that. I don't think anybody does," said Kampfer.

Kampfer was asked later about what lead him to think she wasn't alive. He just said he was putting together different pieces of the investigation.

Meanwhile, members of Hailey's family were waiting outside visibly angry and demanding answers.

"Tell us whats going on. If your going to sit there and say there might be a possibility, give us a reason. If not a reason, stop it. This is killing us. We don't know what is going on they wont tell us anything. They're not releasing any information even to the family. We come over here for the press conference they wouldn't even let us in," said Melinda Salazar, Hailey's Aunt.

Family members were able to talk to Kampfer, but they would not share with us what they talked about. They did say they are not giving hope.

"The search is not over until she is home one way or the other. We want her home. We want her alive, but we are not stopping until we find her. Period," Salazar said.

We tried talking to Billie Dunn, Hailey's mother, but she would not talk on camera because her lawyer has told her not to. She did tell NewsWest9 that she was not notified of any new developments and she doesn't believe her daughter is dead.

The main reason for the press conference being called was to change the wording in the reward for Hailey. The previous wording said officials wanted any information that would lead to Hailey and to an arrest. Now they are asking for any information that leads to the whereabouts of Hailey.