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EXCLUSIVE: Billie Dunn's Lawyer Talks With NewsWest 9

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

Billie Dunn's attorney John Young spoke with NewsWest 9 Thursday to clear some things up.
Young told NewsWest 9 Hailey's remains are still being investigated, which is why they haven't been released to Hailey Dunn's mother, Billie. He also said regardless of what some may want to believe, Billie is just a mother, who will have to lay her child to rest, far too soon.

"We are not made privy or aware to how that investigation is proceeding," Young explained.

At this time, Dunn is not being questioned in the disappearance and death of her 13-year-old daughter who went missing from Colorado City more than two years ago.

"We have not been contacted by any law enforcement agency, other than to discuss the release of the remains," he said.

Billie has been informed of which law enforcement agency is rejoining the case.

"It's my understanding that the Texas Rangers and local law enforcement have asked, invited, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which we think is a good thing. The goal is to find out what happened to Hailey," he said.

Hailey's remains were found back in March by Big Spring man, Curtis Lloyd. Lloyd was searching for fossils at Lake JB Thomas in Scurry County. Young explained how Billie felt that Hailey's remains were found so close to home.

"Anger in the sense that could more have been done, earlier? Could we have found her earlier?" he said.

The only person of interest ever named in the case is Billie Dunn's ex-boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. Attempts to reach out to Adkins and his lawyer have been unsuccessful. Young said he doesn't know where Adkins is.

"It's been several months, if not more, since Billie has had any contact with him," he said.

He kept mum on whether Billie was in Austin or Colorado City. Dunn moved to Austin less than a year after Hailey's disappearance.

"She's not in Colorado City, and I don't expect her to be back in the area until the remains are released and the memorial service is planned and it's time for that," he told NewsWest 9.

But Young did discuss how Billie is coping. He said she's just like any other mother who is experiencing the loss of her child.

"Certainly there is some anger in the result but really sadness and grief. She truly believed in her heart of hearts that her baby was coming home someday," he said.

As far as a memorial service for the slain teen, Young said the family is planning something that will celebrate both the life of Hailey and those who worked so hard to find her.
NewsWest 9 will follow any updates on the investigation and the memorial service.
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