Hailey Dunn to be buried 6 years after disappearance


ABILENE, Texas - Billie Dunn will soon bury her slain daughter, Hailey, more than six years after her disappearance from Colorado City.

Dunn's attorney, John Young, confirmed to KTXS that Hailey's remains were transferred Monday afternoon from the University of North Texas Medical Center in Denton to a funeral home in Luling, where Dunn currently resides. Luling is about 50 miles south of Austin.

Hailey Dunn was reported missing on Dec. 27, 2010. She was said to have left her mother's house to go to a friend's house, but she never arrived. Three years later, her remains were found near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County.

Young said Billie will hold a private burial ceremony in Luling for family members. Hailey will be buried in a double plot, Young said. Billie will be buried next to her.

Young credited Scurry County District Attorney Ben Smith and lead investigator John McDaniel for working to release Dunn's remains to her mother.

"That office, understanding the pain through Billie has traveled, they went to work and made a decision that it's the right thing to do for Hailey to be returned to her mama," Young said.

Young added that he reached out to Smith and McDaniel several weeks ago to arrange the release. He said he was spurred to act after being contacted by producers of an investigative crime show set to air Monday about Dunn's case.

No one has been arrested in Dunn's murder and the case remains open. The Scurry County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.

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