SNYDER (April 26, 2013)--Remains found in a remote West Texas location last month are those of 13-year-old middle school cheerleader Hailey Dunn, who had been missing since December 2010, attorney John Young said Friday.
Young represents the girl’s mother, Billie Jean Dunn, who reported her daughter missing on Dec. 28, 2010.
He said the Department of Public Safety told Dunn Friday that the remains are her daughter’s.
Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said later Friday the remains were found on March 16 near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County.
At a news conference in Snyder, Wilson said the girl's disappearance and the cause of her death remain under investigation.
He said the Scurry County District Attorney's Office received written confirmation of the identity of the remains on Friday.
The girl had been the focus of months of intensive searches in and around Colorado City and surrounding fields and landfills.
More than 100 billboards featuring her picture and information about the case were set up along interstates in West Texas and other states.
In June 2011 Billie Jean Dunn was sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to lying about her boyfriend's whereabouts when officers sought him in March 2011.
She received a 90-day jail term, probated for one year, on a charge of making a false report to law enforcement.
Dunn was arrested March 17, 2011, and charged with lying about the whereabouts of Shawn Adkins, who was later found at her home.
Dunn and Adkins have both denied involvement in Hailey's disappearance.
Adkins said he last saw Hailey on Dec. 27.
Her mother reported her missing the next day.