Grandmother Speaks Out After Hailey's Remains Were Confirmed

Grandmother Speaks Out After Hailey's Remains Were Confirmed

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

SCURRY COUNTY - The announcement by authorities that Hailey had finally been found was brief and it left a lot of questions. Hailey Dunn's grandmother was at the press conference and as NewsWest 9 found out, she has no doubts as to who she believes caused Hailey's death.

"What made somebody hurt her, what did she do that was so bad that they couldn't resolve it," Hailey's Grandmother, Connie Jones, said.

Jones was among the family members present while Scurry County authorities publicly identified the remains found near Lake JB Thomas last month, as those of her granddaughter.

"The Scurry County District Attorney's Office received written confirmation that the remains have been positively identified as those of Hailey Dunn," Scurry County Sheriff, Trey Wilson, said.

"She wasn't kidnapped, she was murdered. I had that feeling all along," Jones said.

That feeling got stronger when Jones heard about the remains found in Scurry County.

"I just knew, I knew, I just knew it was Hailey," Jones said.

The remains were sent for DNA analysis to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Details on how Hailey disappeared and was killed were not released by the authorities.

"The investigation into the circumstances of Hailey's disappearance and death is ongoing," Jones said.

The media was not allowed to ask questions during the news conference. However, Jones feels she may know who's responsible.

"I think that Shawn Adkins has something to do with it. I really do. It's the first thing that came out of my mouth when (Billie) told me that Hailey was missing. I asked where the hell is Shawn and did he had anything to do with it. She said 'no' and she 'didn't think so.' The things that Hailey use to tell me about the man. She didn't like him, she didn't trust him," Jones said.

"All we have to do is get justice for Hailey," Hailey's Aunt, Freda Radcliff, said.

No arrests have been made in the connection with the teen's disappearance. Jones hopes this experience teaches others to look out for your loved ones.

"If they're afraid of somebody to tell somebody. Tell anybody. Tell everybody. That they're afraid of somebody, not just their grandmother," Jones said.

Various law enforcement agencies are involved in this investigation including the Mitchell County Sheriffs Office, the FBI and the Texas Rangers.