FBI used death row inmate in search for remains

Chadrick Fulks

FBI agents took the unusual step of temporarily letting a federal death row inmate out of his cell to help with the search for remains of one of two women he killed.

According to court order, the FBI took 36-year-old Chadrick Fulks from an Indiana prison to West Virginia in March to help with the search for the remains of 19-year-old Samantha Nicole Burns.

In a letter to The AP, Fulks confirmed his role in the search for the Marshall University student last seen in 2002. Fulks said he showed agents the area where Burns was buried during a 17-day crime spree after he and another inmate escaped a western Kentucky jail in 2002.

Burns' body has never been located.

Fulks was with Brandon Basham when he committed the crimes, which included the death of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry. Basham is also on death row.

Donovan's remains were found in 2009.