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Hailey Dunn case: ‘You want motive? Here’s motive’

By Erica Morse
Publisher, Victims News Online
Updated 10:00 a.m., December 28, 2018

(VNO) — Eight years later, the father of a kidnapped/murdered Texas teen cannot understand how child pornography was linked to the prime suspect, but no arrest was ever made.

“I guarantee if they had found that crap on my computer or cell phone, I would be rotting in a prison cell”, Clint Dunn said. “But Shawn Adkins was never arrested”.

Dunn’s 13-year-old daughter, Hailey, disappeared sometime between Sunday, December 26, 2010, and the time she was reported missing by her mother on Tuesday, December 28, 2010. After a two-and-a-half year search, his daughter’s remains were located 30 miles away, at the edge of Lake J.B. Thomas. Although no arrests have been made, authorities zeroed in on the mother’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, as the prime suspect almost immediately.

Shawn Adkins and Billie Jean Ostrander-Dunn, January 2008. Photo: Myspace

“They found over 100,000 images of pornography and child porn in Shawn Adkins’ possession in March 2011”, Dunn said. “Every single device he owned contained some form of child pornography. But he’s still walking free. I see him all the time”.

Additional child pornagraphy images were also found on a computer at the home of Adkins’ mother and step-father in neighboring Big Spring. “But Shawn’s step-dad went to the police station screaming to have his computer back, and some rookie reject cop gave it to him. I know someone inside law enforcement is helping to cover this up”.

“And there’s more”, Dunn continued. “A Colorado City police officer told me there was bestiality going on inside that house. It’s sickening”.

Clint Dunn believes his daughter was attacked — either by Adkins himself — or his ex-wife, while Adkins assisted. “They’re both involved”, Dunn said. “That’s not even up for discussion anymore. They’ve both lied, they’ve both failed polygraph tests, and they had some really sick ‘hobbies’ that I learned about too late”.

Those ‘hobbies’ included reading True Crime stories about mass murderers, child killers, and serial rapists. “There was also witchcraft going on”, Dunn said. No wonder they killed Hailey. She probably threatened to tell me, the police, and her pastor”.

Dunn learned that his ex-wife rushed a book about witchcraft over to a friend’s house within days of Hailey’s disappearance. “My friend Raymond told me about it”, Dunn said. “He told me Billie Jean brought that book over to Vicky’s and asked her to hide it. She begged Vicky not to tell the police. But I called them the minute I found out about it and they came and got it”.

While the discussion is an emotional one for Dunn, nothing could be worse than the images of Hailey’s last moments that sear through his mind while doing even the most mundane tasks.

“I put my hand on the doorknob the other day to walk out to the garage”, Dunn said. “A few minutes later, I realized I was standing there, trying to put myself in Hailey’s shoes as she was being murdered”.

He’s heard the rumors: she was raped, she was pregnant by Adkins, she was pimped out in the oilfields, sold for a drug debt; his ex-wife killed Hailey because Shawn wanted to have sex with her.

“Nothing – and I mean nothing – compares to the images of Shawn wrapping his hands around her throat and choking the life out of her”.

Although Dunn was told by investigators Hailey ‘most likely’ died from blunt force trauma, he believes Shawn Adkins took the opportunity to strangle Hailey in her last moments.

Shawn Adkins is the prime suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Hailey Dunn. Photo: Facebook

“I don’t know why it was never put out there in the public, but Shawn and I got into it about a year before Hailey disappeared”, Dunn said. “He tried to come at me with a weapon, and I defended myself. I called the police and told him he was out cold on the ground after I put my hands around his throat and put him to sleep”.

According to Dunn, Adkins woke up on the ground when authorities arrived and located the weapon in Adkins’ vehicle. No charges were ever filed against either man.

“Maybe if they (the police) had done their jobs back then, Hailey would still be alive. “He hadn’t touched Hailey prior to that; she would have told me.
Maybe that fight pushed him over the edge and he decided to get back at me by killing my daughter. I have to live with the knowledge of that”.

Yesterday – on the presumed eighth anniversary of Hailey’s disappearance and death – Dunn ramped up efforts on his daughter’s case. “I want to thank the thousands of people who have reached out in the last 24 hours”, Dunn told VNO. “This case is already back on its way to the national spotlight, and they’re going to have to kill me, too, to shut me up”.

“Nancy Grace covered Hailey’s case for six months, but stopped having us on when she realized Billie Jean was lying”, Dunn continued. ” I talked to her producers yesterday, and they’re picking the case back up immediately”.

Dunn, who has been absent from the public eye for several years, says it’s time to come out of hiding and face his daughter’s killers. “I’ve been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to Hailey’s murder”, Dunn said. “But I have to be her voice. I am her voice. I’m her Daddy”.

Dunn is asking the public to share his videos, and to attach the hashtag, #JusticeForHailey2019. “I spent several years watching marketing videos and motivational speeches while hiding in my room”, Dunn said. “I guess it prepared me for this”.

There is a $15,000 reward for information leading directly to the arrest of Hailey Dunn’s killer(s). Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator John McDaniel of the Scurry County, TX, District Attorney’s Office at 325-573-2462, or you may submit a tip online to the Texas Rangers Cold Case Hotline.

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  1. Paul Paul December 29, 2018

    This case needs to be pursued aggressively by every law enforcement agency near to it. Shawn Adkins and Billie both need to be pursued also. Justice for Hailey

  2. Kelly McAllister Larson Kelly McAllister Larson December 29, 2018

    I’m am so sorry for your lost I can’t imagine the pain and heartache you are going through. I Know I don’t know you Mr Dunn but Mary glassy Dunn and I grew up together in Bakersfield so this feels close to my heart. I am praying for you and your family daily for justice.

  3. Meredith Meredith December 29, 2018

    May you get the justice you and Hailey deserve!!!!! Prayers continue to get the murderer(s).

  4. Donna Donna December 29, 2018

    Maybe with all the outdoor cameras on feeders, carports, and storefronts, there might be footage of his car being in the area the night he dumped Hailey’s body at Lake JB Thomas. The highway to the lake is covered with traffic all day and night, and there are homes on the lake as well.

    • admin admin Post author | December 29, 2018

      That area is very desolate, and it may have been chosen for that reason. Now, deer cameras are a different issue. At one time, I was told there was evidence on a deer camera, but it’s difficult to know if the police were being honest about that or not. That’s another reason the case needs to be turned over to the FBI, because they actually communicated with Dad.

      • Anonymous Anonymous December 29, 2018

        Where her remains were found, there were no deer cameras anywhere near there. Hunting in that area is not permitted and at the time the lake was at 1/2 of 1 percent full. A rock hunter actually stumbled across the remains. I know this, because I worked for the municipality that has the lake. The area didn’t have much visitors because of the water level and there was no water on that area. I believe that was the reason that area was chosen.
        Also please be advised her death has not been forgotten by our local sheriffs dept. unfortunately there’s the lack of evidence. If you race to try an individual and they are found innocent, they can’t be retried. If you have any proof or evidence, I beg you turn it over to the Scurry County Sheriff’s dept

  5. Donna Bates Donna Bates December 29, 2018

    Colorado City investigators were a total joke. They should have arrested mom and Adkins within the first week. I have a feeling you will get your justice soon.

  6. TONI PRICE TONI PRICE December 29, 2018

    Hope they get what coming to them my prayers for justice for hailey

  7. Belinda Belinda December 29, 2018

    Even if Adkins didn’t get arrested for Hailey’s death, why didn’t he go to the Fed Penitentiary for child porn?

  8. Gene Bailey Gene Bailey December 29, 2018

    I remember this story, Have always thought her mom & boyfriend were gulitym pray they get what is coming to them! Anyone know if they are still together ?

  9. Elizabeth pirtle Elizabeth pirtle December 29, 2018

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have waited a long time for Hailey to get justice!

  10. Bev Bev December 29, 2018

    It’s so not right .. they’re free..and people sit years I n jail for one Joint of weed. We need a vigilante force

  11. Aimee Aimee December 29, 2018


  12. c r c c r c December 29, 2018

    I don’t know why this is in my heart so heavily but I pray that Mr Clint can find peace and know that Hailey is in heaven and is free from pain and fear! She is a beautiful angel in the sky watching down on her daddy to this day! On the other hand I want so badly for the evil people who abused your darling child to pay heavily for their crimes and obviously we all know who did this. It’s all black and white! Peace be with you Mr Clint and hope for a great 2018!!

  13. Lynn Lynn December 29, 2018

    I am so sorry that you lost your daughter, Hailey. I watched the case regiously when it was covered by Nancy Grace. I knew almost immediately who the killer was. Each time something like this happens it usually ends the same way. The story is the same, a woman gets divorced or is single with a child, she gets either a boyfriend or a new spouse and he assaults them sexually sometimes resulting in death. This is why parents with young children needs to be very careful who they get in a relationship with. Have the persons background checked by police, online just basically anyway you can. Get a detective if you have any suspicion and trust your instincts. If the person your in a relationship with is paying extra ordinary attention to your child that’s a red alert. A grown person should not be overly interested in your child. I hope you get justice in your case.

  14. StaceyFisk StaceyFisk December 30, 2018

    They cant Hide from the Wrath of God !!!!!

    • Sadona Sadona January 10, 2020

      Not good enough

  15. Hailey C Hailey C December 30, 2018

    I think of Hailey often. I hope this year is the year her father can get some justice.

  16. Anonymous 1 Anonymous 1 December 30, 2018

    I followed the story from day one and was very disturbed by the focus police put on her daddy instead of where it should have been. It was clear from the start when it came out he left work that morning and was in fact at the residence after saying he wasn’t, and so much more.. some photos showed her appearing to distance from him.. I’m so sorry for your lost Mr Dunn, and so sorry that le has denied you Justice all these years while focusing on you rather than them.. How shameful and sad.

  17. Lorraine Pierson Lorraine Pierson December 31, 2018

    I pray for Hailey’s justice and I pray for you Clint! I remember taking care of Hailey in the church nursery. Seeing her as being still a baby. It brakes my heart to hear the stories and assumptions. I hope that anyone with information comes forward! Someone knows something! I couldn’t imagine what you have been through or what I would do if something like this happened to me or mine. Shawn and Billie are without a doubt , undeniably involved in the disappearance and murder of Hailey! I can’t understand how a mother could do this! Jealousy?! Justice has failed you! Keep fighting Clint! God hears you!! You have my support and prayers!

  18. Elaine Elaine December 31, 2018

    Can’t you file a wrongful death suit. That would start things rolling again. And I would like to know if this is one of the Adkins that had the grand parents that were killed and this was never solved. Just asking. Was there no D&A . You have the right to talk to the Texas Rangers about the law enforcement that investigated this tragic issue. I would love to see you call them and the FBI. They can’t stop you. Make a pain in the butt of yourself. Make yourself known so they put you off any longer.

  19. Elaine Elaine December 31, 2018

    Can’t you file a wrongful death suit. Low this wide open . You have the right to contact the Texas Rangers. To investigate the law enforcement officials that investigated this and you have the right to ask the FBI for help. Open this case again full force. Is this Adkins one of the family members that the grandparents were murdered and this was never solved . Just asking.

  20. Gaylan Harding Gaylan Harding December 31, 2018

    There is just too much wishy washy going on in this case..who do you point finger at I am not sure but child pornography arrest would be a hiding the book? Strange..I see strange investigations and possible cover-ups by all of the agencies involved..I hope Nancy Grace brings this back to national TV and expose all that were involved..either investigating or law enforcement and criminal justice system …bring it all to light..JUSTICE FOR HAILEY

  21. Anonymous Anonymous January 8, 2019

    Shawn was my older sisters friend when we were in high school 14 years ago. I partied with them one time and he tried to drug me… I have no doubt he has something to do with this. Prayers there is justice coming soon!

    • admin admin Post author | January 8, 2019

      Anonymous – Are you willing to discuss this with me off the record? I will protect your identity at all costs.

  22. Jill Jill January 6, 2020

    Your in Texas right!!!!
    Get the picture ……….

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