Cops have finally arrested and charge a man over the murder of his girlfriend’s 13 year-old daughter, 11 years after she was killed.
Shawn Adkins was taken into custody in Howard County, Texas, on Monday afternoon and has since been charged with the murder of Hailey Dunn, 13. Adkins, who was dating Dunn’s mom Billie when she disappeared in December 2010 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 arrests 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’.
She speculated that Adkin’s family connections to law enforcement may have led to the case going cold, although this is unconfirmed, and a Scurry County spokesman refused to comment.
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 old
She also said Adkins had vowed to take ‘revenge’ on Hailey’s mom Billie after she called the police on him.
Hailey’s dad Clint Dunn’s health has been destroyed by the stress of his daughter’s murder, and he suffered two heart attacks last year, Morse said.
She said Clint’s ‘heart was sore’ at news of Adkin’s arrest, and that Clint would make a statement as soon as he felt well enough to do so.