Texas cops FINALLY arrest and charge suspect over 2010 murder of his girlfriend’s daughter, 13, as private investigator claims cover-up may have triggered delay
- Hailey Dunn, 13, disappeared from her home in Colorado City in December 2010
- She had been living at the residence with her mom, Billie, and her mom’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins
- A month after Dunn disappeared, Adkins was named as a person of interest, but no arrest was made
- Dunn’s body was discovered in March 2013 near Lake Thomas in Scurry County, about 20 miles from her home
- On Monday, Adkins was charged with Dunn’s murder; police have not revealed what led them to finally make an arrest
- Private investigator Erica Morse has been working with Dunn’s father for years
- She told DailyMail.com Tuesday that she ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if there was a sexual element to Adkins’ motivations
Police have arrested a man over the murder of Texas teenager Hailey Dunn, more than a decade after her high-profile disappearance.
Shawn Adkins – who was dating Dunn’s mother, Billie, at the time the teen vanished – was taken into custody in Howard County on Monday afternoon. He was subsequently charged with murder and is being held on a $2 million bond, according to CBS7.
Hailey Dunn was 13 at the time she went missing from her home in Colorado City, West Texas, in December 2010.
Her disappearance prompted a large-scale search, with Adkins publicly pleading for Dunn to return home.
‘Hailey, I hope you come home safe really soon. You’ve been gone way too long. We all miss you, and we all love you,’ he stated shortly after she vanished.
However, just one month later, Adkins was named as a person of interest in the case after he failed a polygraph test and gave inconsistent answers to police about his whereabouts on the night Dunn vanished.
Shawn Adkins (right) has been arrested over the murder of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn (left) in December 2010. At the time, Adkins was dating Dunn’s mom, Billie (center). This chilling photo of the three of them was taken just two days before Dunn disappeared
Hailey Dunn was 13 at the time she went missing from her home in Colorado City, West Texas, in December 2010
Adkins was living at Dunn’s home (pictured) at the time the teen vanished
In March 2011, Dunn’s mother, Billie, was herself was arrested and charged after she falsely told officers that Adkins had been at her home the night her daughter disappeared.
She later pleaded no contest to a charge of making a false report to authorities and was sentenced to one year’s probation. She and Adkins split in 2012.
Hailey Dunn’s remains was discovered in March 2013 – more than two years after she went missing – around 20 miles away from her the home where she was last seen.
They were positively identified through DNA testing, but no arrest were subsequently made and the case went cold.
Police have not disclosed why Adkins has now been arrested, more than eight years after the discovery of Dunn’s body.
In March 2011, Dunn’s mother, Billie, was herself was arrested and charged after she falsely told officers that Adkins had been at her home the night her daughter disappeared
Erica Morse, a private investigator who has worked for years with Dunn’s father, Clint, spoke with DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning about the case.
She stated that the case moved from Howard County – where Dunn disappeared – to neighboring Scurry County – where the teen’s remains were discovered.
Morse claims the case stalled there, stating: ‘I don’t know if this was because they were in over their heads, because it was too expensive to prosecute, or because they were helping cover up for Shawn Adkins’.
However, the investigation finally moved forward after Clint Dunn fought to have the case returned to Howard County.
Morse says she is not sure why Adkins would have wanted to kill Dunn, but says she ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if there was a sexual element to his motivations.
Shawn Adkins (left) has been arrested for the murder of Hailey Dunn (right). If she were still alive, Dunn would now be 23 years ol