SNYDER, Texas (AP) — Remains found in a remote West Texas location last month are those of a 13-year-old middle school cheerleader missing since December 2010, an attorney for the girl's family said Friday.
Texas Rangers informed the girl's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, earlier in the day that the remains found near Snyder in Scurry County last month were those of Hailey Darlene Dunn, the daughter she had reported as missing on Dec. 28, 2010, attorney John Young said.
He said Dunn, who lives in Austin, will be driving to West Texas to arrange for her daughter's funeral.
"She's trying to process the entirety of this," Young said. "She has to process that Hailey isn't coming home."
Officials were holding a news conference Friday afternoon.
The body was found about 20 miles north of the girl's hometown of Colorado City. The girl had been the subject of months of intensive searches in and around Colorado City and surrounding fields and landfills. More than 100 billboards featuring her picture and information about the case were set up along interstates in Texas and other states.
The mother's boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, has said he last saw Hailey a day before she was reported missing. He said the girl told him she was going to her father's home nearby and then on to spend the night at a friend's home. She did neither.
Authorities had named Adkins as a person of interest in the girl's disappearance but have not charged him. The girl's mother pleaded no contest in June 2011 to making a false report to law enforcement for lying about the whereabouts of Shawn Adkins, who was found at her home. She received a 90-day jail term, probated for one year.
The mother and Adkins have denied involvement in Hailey's disappearance.