LUBBOCK- Last week's news that remains found in Scurry County are those of Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn came as a shock to many. Others were relieved to know that the mystery of her disappearance is now one step closer to being solved. But for those who are missing family members of their own, it was a reminder that they, too could get that call someday.
"It was heart breaking. I was hoping and praying she was going to show up any day now," Anna Ysasaga-Cueva, whose son is missing, said.
Ysasaga-Cueva is expressing her condolences after knowing Hailey Dunn's body has been positively identified last Friday. She can't make of any sense why would someone kill a teenage girl. NewsWest 9 spoke to her via Skype.
"I've talked to her and we're still trying to wrap our minds around this. It's a bittersweet thing. It's a nightmare that she can finally wake up from knowing where her daughter is now but she still feels the nightmare of wondering who did it," Ysasaga-Cueva said.
Ysasaga is also a mother of a loved one who went missing. 15-year-old Mark Ysasaga disappeared a year ago in Lubbock. After he left a friends house in June, he hasn't been seen since. She too was worried that the remains found in Scurry County last month were her son's.
"Every time I hear about a body being found or remains, I'm just like ok, it's not him, it's not him, my phone hasn't rang so I don't have to worry about it, he's still out there," Ysasaga-Cueva said.
What Billie Dunn is going through right now is something this mother fears to endure.
"These past couple of days, I have been scared to be around anybody. Thinking that could be us one day not having him walk through the door. So it's been a nightmare," Ysasaga-Cueva said.
Even though there are no new leads in her case, she remains optimistic.
"I'm going to get that phone call from him or he's going to show up to one of our houses saying I'm home. We'll talk about what happened later on," Ysasaga-Cueva said.
Ysasaga says supporting other mothers with similar stories, means a lot to each other.