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New search on for Burns’ remains

Samantha Burns
Mar. 27, 2013 @ 06:39 PM

HUNTINGTON  — Investigators are returning to a fairly familiar area of Wayne County in what one investigator called the "continued search" for the remains of Samantha Burns, a Marshall student who was slain more than 10 years ago.

FBI Agents and West Virginia State Police troopers are searching a portion of land near the train tracks along Buffalo Creek Road, near the intersection of that road with W.Va. 75, said Chris Courtright, senior supervisory special agent with the FBI.

That piece of land is not far from where authorities and volunteers have searched for Burns in the past, but it is a new portion of land, Courtright said.

Burns was last seen Nov. 11, 2002, at the Huntington Mall. Her burned-out car later was found on a rural road in Wayne County.

Brandon Basham and Chadrick Fulks were sentenced to life in prison for her murder, and they are awaiting execution for the murder of Alice Donovan, of Galivants Ferry, S.C.

Donovan's remains were found by authorities in Horry County, S.C. in 2009.