Former Colorado City Manager: Dunn’s Disappearance Changed Safety Protocol 4/26/13
CBS 7 News
April 26, 2013
COLORADO CITY-He was there when the eyes of Texas and the world fell on Colorado City. As tough questions came up about their handling of Hailey Dunn's disappearance which former city manager Pete Kampfer says changed the city forever.
Like many closely related to the years-long search for Hailey Dunn, Kampfer is torn with today's news of the discovery of her remains.
"My feelings are mixed, obviously we held out hope that we would find her alive and so we are disappointed,” said Kampfer.
From the beginning, city and county officials took flak for their handling of the disappearance. There were questions around the amber alert system, and criticism of the investigation.
"I had a chief who was temporary and not prepared for a lot of things that were occurring,” said Kampfer. “We were inundated with mass media. They didn’t understand a lot of the details.”
Kampfer says that if there is any closure for the community--Dunn's disappearance forced the city to re-evaluate how to better handle disappearances like Dunn’s in the future.
"In the end, Colorado City took a lot more to learn about safety procedures with our children in the community,” Kampfer said.
Kampfer added that he hopes justice is brought to the person or people responsible for Dunn's death.