Adkins is the only named suspect in the Hailey Dunn disappearance and the affidavit only notes the teen once. During the course of the disappearance, law enforcement discovered “obscene, sexually deviant and/or pornographic images stores” on several electronic devices.
The items included Adkins’ cell phone, a USB memory stick he owned, a computer belonging to Christina Walker, Adkins’ mother, and a second computer located in Renee Norwood’s home in Dunn.
“While I was in the house at 30 County Road 4132 in Dunn, Texas, I saw two other computers in the house, six cameras including two Kodak Easy Share cameras, an SD memory card and a memory stick,” stated J. Bruce Flournoy with the Garza County sheriff’s office and also is a forensic computer examiner. Flournoy — who is among the officers working with the multi-agency task force searching for the teen — turned in the document to Armstrong, which were signed on March 16.
“I know that there is another computer in the house besides the ones I saw because I could tell by looking at the wireless printer (near the computer that I was allowed to search) that another computer had accessed the printer.
The affidavit notes that some pornographic images were retrieved from the memory stick and cell phone owned by Adkins were made with a Kodak Easy Share camera.
The document does note that Adkins did not “own a computer,” but used the computers in the homes of Walker and Norwood.
Flournoy noted in the documents that he was given consent on or around Feb. 7 by Norwood to search one of the computers. Carla Rene Rodriguez told investigators that Adkins uses the computer “all the time.”
“On that computer, in a file I have determined contained images downloaded from Shawn Adkins’ e-mail account, were other images of adult pornography and an image that appears to be a child pornographic image,”
Flournoy wrote. “It appears to me that the image of child pornography found on this computer is very similar to at least one image of child pornography found on Christina Walker’s computer.” Walker’s computer was searched at her Big Spring residence and Adkins had free access to both computers.
Flournoy also wrote that he was able to determine an additional memory stick and camera have been connected to the computer. “I also determined that three other devices have, at some time, been connected to the computer.”
He noted he could determine the identification codes, but not what the devices were. “If I had the devices I could probably determine whether the ID codes match.”
“Since we have found pornographic images on every electronic device that we have been able to search to which Shawn Casey Adkins had access and child pornography on two computers to which Shawn Casey Adkins had access, it is more than probable that there are child pornographic images on the computers and any other device capable of storing digital media,” Flournoy wrote.
Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs said Friday afternoon that the arrest of the missing teen’s mother, Billie Jean Dunn, was not a result of any outstanding warrants.
“She just refused to tell officers that Adkins was in her house and lied to them,” said Toombs. Officers who had a search warrant for Adkins tried to find him Thursday in Big Spring where they last knew he was living, but he was not there, Toombs said.
Officers later found Adkins at Dunn’s residence where he was searched, but not arrested.
Officers arrested Dunn after she denied that Adkins was there and also found the drugs while searching her house, Toombs said.
Dunn was released from jail Friday after posting $6,500 bail. She had declined to have an attorney appointed. The sheriff said Dunn and Adkins have been seeing each other on and off for the past few weeks.
No arrests were made Friday. “We’re hoping there’ll be arrests down the road,” said Toombs, adding that tips continue to come in. “We are still searching on the leads that we get.” He also said Dunn has not been named as a person of interest. But, “her arrest yesterday does not help her cause.”
Toombs said as many as 15 officers continue to work the case, the puzzle pieces of which have come together “slower than we would have hoped.” Investigators hang onto hope and “hate” to think Hailey may be found dead, Toombs said.
“We try not to think about that but that is a possibility.”