"I'd just been in a rut sitting around here crying," she said. "I had no motivation to get out of the house."
But 28 days later, this distraught single mother has found inner strength.
"I know if I break down I won't stop. Once it starts it just keeps coming, so I know that I have to keep it together."
Her strength has given dozens of volunteers the motivation to search for the missing teen, and kids have put together bracelets and buttons and other t-shirts to remember Hailey.
"Children do come back and parents get their kids back and I'm going to believe that," she said.