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Man charged in 2010 cold case murder of 13-year-old Texas girl

Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Public Safety / Shawn Casey Adkins, age 35 of Big Spring, was arrested and charged with murder in the 10 year old cold case murder of Hailey Dunn

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A 35-year-old man has been charged in the cold case murder of a 13-year-old girl from Mitchell County in West Texas.

Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Public Safety / Hailey Dunn

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that Hailey Dunn was in eighth grade when she disappeared on December 10, 2010. Her remains were found near Lake JB Thomas on March 16, 2013.

Officials said Shawn Casey Adkins was reportedly the live-in boyfriend of Dunn’s mother and a suspect in the initial investigation but was never charged due to a lack of new evidence.

The investigation was reopened by the Texas Rangers Unsolved Investigation Program in 2020. Officials said the Texas Rangers interviewed multiple people and Adkins’ DNA was obtained through a search warrant on June 13.

Following the testing, the Texas Rangers obtained an arrest warrant and Adkins was arrested Monday. His bond was set at $2 million.

The Texas Rangers said the investigation is ongoing.


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