COLORADO CITY, TX (KWES) - Demolition began Monday morning at the childhood home of Hailey Dunn, a cold case murder victim from Colorado City.
Dunn disappeared December 27, 2010 after leaving her mother's residence at 1804 Chestnut St. to visit a friend, authorities said.
The 13-year-old never arrived at her destination, sparking a years-long, multi-agency investigation that failed to result in any arrests.
The former cheerleader's remains were found more than two years after her disappearance near Lake J.B. Thomas.
The Chestnut Street house was vacated approximately three years ago and became a breeding ground for crime, according to city manager David Hoover.
"The whole world essentially knows it's empty because it had been on national television," he said. "It just became dangerous for the community."
Indigents found their way in and turned the structure into a local hub for illegal drug activity, Hoover explained.
He said city crews had been instructed not to salvage building materials from the piles of rubble left behind during demolition because of the "prevalence of needles and syringes" left in the house.
The Chestnut Street property is one of five sites in Colorado City being demolished for safety reasons, officials said.
There are currently no plans to rebuild on the empty Chestnut Street lot, Hoover confirmed.
"I hate to see it go, but it's not doing any good standing up," Colorado City resident Henry Sosa admitted.
His younger sister had gone to school with Dunn and "would always remember" the trauma of losing her, he said.
"She took it hard," said Sosa. "I think everyone around here did."