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The boyfriend of missing 13-year-old cheerleader Hailey Dunn’s mother was brought to the Colorado City law enforcement center this morning for a polygraph exam, according to CNN affiliate KTAB. Hailey’s mother Billie Dunn told Nancy Grace last night that her boyfriend Shane Adkins, the last person known to have seen Hailey, would be taking the exam today.
Authorities have also returned to Hailey’s home today to search for clues they may have missed earlier in the investigation, local station KTXS is reporting. According to their report, Texas Rangers searched the house and an outdoor storage shed. The Colorado City Record reported that searchers from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice were looking in a wooded area of town. A TDCJ warden confirmed that the agency participated in a search today, but he could not release any other details.
Hailey disappeared on December 27 after she reportedly told Adkins that she would be spending the night at a friend’s house. Dunn’s mother says the friend has told her she did not see Hailey that day. Dunn did say last night, however, that police have told her a witness reported seeing Hailey, the friend and a boy near a local store on Monday evening. She said police are checking surveillance video in an effort to confirm that sighting.
Also, Colorado City Police Chief John Bivens and City Manager Peter Kampfer are defending local authorities’ handling of the girl’s disappearance, saying that they have asked for a statewide Amber Alert to be issued three times since Hailey was reported missing. Bivens told the Abilene Reporter-News that their requests were denied by the state because the information they have does not meet the minimum standard required. He said they would continue trying to get an alert issued as they uncover new evidence.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, four criteria must be met to activate an Amber Alert for a child 13 years of age or younger:
• The child must be taken, willingly or unwillingly, without permission from the care and custody of a parent or guardian
• The child must be in immediate danger of sexual assault, death or bodily injury
• An abduction must be verified and alternative explanations eliminated
• Sufficient information must be available for the public to help locate the child, a suspect or a vehicle
A DPS spokeswoman confirmed that Colorado City officials have spoken with them several times about issuing an Amber Alert, but they have told them each time that the case does not meet the criteria at this point, mainly because there is not enough information to disseminate to the public to get people to help. She said that an Amber Alert is “a great tool but only one tool in a vast toolbox” of resources available in missing persons cases. In Hailey’s case, the Texas Rangers and crime analysts have been brought in to assist local investigators, and there are a number of steps they can take without issuing a statewide Amber Alert.
The DPS spokeswoman said the agency understands the family’s frustration but the Amber Alert criteria are necessary because they do not want to issue so many alerts that the public stops paying attention to them. Still, she emphasized that the lack of an alert does not mean that nothing is happening and that the Rangers are out there doing everything they can to find Hailey.