"Reasonably, she probably is deceased," said Kampfer to a room full of media.
Those words upset many still holding out hope to find the missing girl.
"It's not something we ever really want to think about because to us, Hailey is still alive," said Patricia Trichel, Hailey's grandmother.
"It is heart wrenching to hear an official say she is possibly in those positions we pray she is not in," answered Kristy Lloyd.
"We need to stay positive," said Carol Sue Dakan, Colorado City's mayor.
Now the missing sign, that has canvassed the city will soon be changed. The words ''safe return'' will be removed, allowing the reward to be open to anyone with information on Dunn's whereabouts.
Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Tombs, explains it opens up more avenues for more information.
"More or less it opens up who all is eligible for a reward," said Tombs, adding that the eligibility may increase the information being passed on to investigators.
"They [tips] have dropped off, and that might be something that revives some information."
However, many fear this new wording will kill the remaining hope to find Hailey.
"Until we know and someone presents that proof to us, we're searching," said Trichel.
"We don't necessarily want closure, we want to find Hailey," stated Mayor Dakan.