DPS Seeks Leads in Unsolved Murder of West Texas Teen

December 15, 2015

Hailey Dunn
Hailey Dunn

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team are asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of Hailey Dunn, 13, of Colorado City. As part of a public awareness program launched recently, DPS is featuring one unsolved case each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or “cold cases” across the state.

On Dec. 27, 2010, Hailey left her mother’s house to go to a friend’s house, but never arrived and was reported missing. Despite searches by law enforcement and the community, she was not immediately found. On March 16, 2013, Hailey’s body was discovered near Lake J. B. Thomas in Scurry County.

At the time of her disappearance, Hailey was an eighth-grade student at Colorado City Middle School in Mitchell County and was active in cheerleading, sports and band.

Anyone with information about this unsolved case can also submit a tip thru the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or what appear to be serial or linked criminal transactions. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is viable.

In addition, DPS created the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides webpage aimed at renewing public interest in unsolved cases. The site features the division’s Top 12 Unsolved Cold Case Investigations, which includes two cases from each of the state’s six DPS regions. For more information, visit the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website at:

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