(CBS/KOSA/AP) Billie Dunn, the mother of a 13-year-old West Texas girl who was reported missing Dec. 28, addressed the media Monday afternoon to "set the record straight," according to one report.
In a 15-minute prepared statement, Billie Dunn said she remains hopeful that her daughter, Hailey, will be found alive, urged her to "come home," and asked her captor to "please let her go," reports Abilene station KTXS.
Hailey was reported missing Dec. 28 by her mother whose boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, said he last saw Hailey a day earlier when she told him she was going to her father's nearby home and would stay overnight with a friend. She did neither.
Adkins has been named a person of interest in the case.
Since then, law enforcement agencies and dozens of volunteers have been searching for her. Posters with Hailey's photo are plastered all over town, and orange ribbons are tied around trees and car antennas.
However, Billie Dunn expressed her frustrations with police at the media conference Monday, claiming they are neglecting witnesses and said she doesn't understand why police have not identified any other persons of interest besides Adkins, according to KTXS.
Weeks ago, CBS affiliate KOSA reported that Billie Dunn enlisted the help of The Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children, a Houston-based non-profit group, and the KLASS Kids Foundation that works to prevent crimes against children, to search for Hailey.
Details in the case have been scarce, but city manager Pete Kampfer said evidence was found recently at a landfill in Abilene, 70 miles east of Colorado City, where Hailey was reported missing.
"It's a sensitive part of the investigation," Kampfer said. "The cadaver dogs did hit on items at the landfill."
So far, no arrests have been made.