W.Va. Killer Helps Direct Search For His Victim's Body

Searchers hope to find the remains of a slain Marshall University student, following directions from a man who pleaded guilty in her death.

Just before sundown Monday they visited a wooded area in southwestern West Virginia where Chadrick Fulks said they could find Samantha Burns' remains.

Monica Caison who founded the nonprofit Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons, said she was having trouble matching Fulks' directions with the lay of the land.

"I think he drew the map backward," she said.

She hoped to get clarification from him before meeting again Tuesday with FBI agents in Huntington to develop a search strategy.

Fulks and Brandon Basham pleaded guilty to a federal charge of carjacking resulting in the death of the 19-year-old Burns during a two-week, 2,300-mile crime spree in November 2002 that started when they broke out of a jail in Madisonville, Ky.

Fulks and Basham are awaiting execution in the murder of another woman, 44-year-old Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C. She was last seen pulling into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Conway, S.C., just north of Myrtle Beach.

Fulks helped lead Caison and a team of searchers to Donovan's possible remains in South Carolina in January. DNA tests are still pending.

Caison said the information Fulks gave for the South Carolina search was more detailed than the directions he gave for finding Burns.

The student was last seen at the Huntington Mall not far from her home. Police later found her burned-out Chevrolet Cavalier in rural Wayne County.

More than six years later, her family is still longing for closure.

"It would be the end of wondering," Burns' mother Kandi Burns told The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington. "I hope to put her where she belongs and give her the right burial."

Caison said the family's pain of not knowing is "like having a funeral every day. People tell you to move on, but you can't move on."