The 2010 murder of Hailey Dunn went unsolved for more than a decade before police reportedly made an arrest this week.
Shawn Adkins, originally identified as a person of interest, has been arrested, according to The Daily Beast. Adkins was the boyfriend of Dunn’s mother at the time of her disappearance.
Dunn, 13, disappeared from her mother’s home in Texas in 2010 and her remains were found near a lake in 2013, about 20 miles northwest of her hometown of Colorado City.
Adkins was booked into the Howard County Jail on a 2 million bond on June 14, according to Fox News. He was then transferred to Mitchell County Jail where he was still being held as of June 15.
Adkins was living with Hailey and her mother, Billie Dunn, at the time when the 13-year-old went missing on December 27, 2010. Adkins told police at the time that Hailey said she was going to visit her father nearby then spend the night at a friend’s house, but she never showed up at either place, according to Fox News.
On December 28, 2010, Billie Dunn reported her daughter missing. Billie was accused of lying to police about the whereabouts of Adkins, and pleaded no contest in June 2011 to making a false report to the police. She received a 90-day jail term with probation.
“I’m not really shocked at the news that it was Shawn,” Billie Dunn told local news according to Fox News, “Of course you would’ve hoped it wasn’t him because I stayed with him after she left, after Hailey went missing, but I’m not surprised, and I thank God that that person has been apprehended and is going to pay for what he did here on Earth.”
Erica Morse, a private investigator hired by Hailey’s father, Clint Dunn, told the Abilene Reporter that they were expecting the arrest soon.