With the feeling that Hailey Dunn is likely deceased, the Colorado City Police Department has reworded the contingencies for collecting reward money to read, "The reward of $15,000 is now being offered for any info that leads to the whereabouts of Hailey Dunn."
"We've eliminated statements like 'the safe return of Hailey,'" CCPD spokesman Pete Kampfer said. "We hope that's the case, but it may not be likely."
Kampfer said the possibility that the missing 13-year-old girl is not deceased and is under duress is only a slim possibility.
The reward may be increased to as much as six figures, Kampfer said.
Investigators are hoping that someone will come forward with anonymous information now that specific clauses have been removed from the reward collection, including unauthorized posters about the reward saying things such as "for the successful prosecution of a subject."
Hailey was last seen on Dec. 27. The only named suspect, Shawn Adkins, has yet to be arrested.
I hope the case is put to rest soon so I can get on with my life as being City Manager, Kampfer said.
Update: Hailey's mother, Billie Dunn, is waiting to hear from her lawyer on whether or not she will respond to today's press conference.