Search for Samantha Burns

March 23, 2009 by  
Filed under General

old-site-259 In January of 2009 CUE’s founder, Monica Caison received a package from an inmate after he reached out wanting to bring two missing woman home; Mrs. Caison responded. The package contained a letter, photos and a map with the inmate instructions on where he recalled leaving Alice Donovan’s body in November of 2002. Immediate action was taken in contacts and preparation was soon underway for the next morning to search for the South Carolina missing woman. In the first six hours of the drenching rain search effort human remains were discovered and for the next four days to follow brought more discovery for the organization, law officials and FBI working together. DNA awaits the proper identity, however it is our belief that we successfully brought Mrs. Donovan home.

In March of 2009 a similar package arrived and similar information, however bringing our center to West Virginia for a young girl named Samantha Burns, missing also in November of 2002 and also a part of the crime spree this inmate created after his escape from an Kentucky jail of that same time frame. But CUE was not as hopeful as the information was cloudy at best and the area being an entire highway. After sixteen day of extensive search efforts we have still not brought “Sam” home but remain determined in doing so for her family and case resolution.


3 Responses to “Search for Samantha Burns”
  1. RACHEL says:


  2. Bill Widman says:

    You said it was a similar package with similar info, from the same inmate? If so, I’d say he doesn’t remember this location as well as the other one. He was right the first time! He sounds like a Ted Bundy type, traveling from state to state during his killing spree. Interesting he was clever enough to make an escape, and conscientious enough to decide to come clean.

  3. LeAnn says:

    I have lived in the Huntington (Tri-state) area for years. The community is still deeply searching for answers. All we want is for the Burns family to have some closure even though it will never bring Samantha fully back, but only if she could be buried at the family plot where they could visit and mourn the right way with her remains. What happened in our town is terrifying to this day….. Many of us from the community has vowed that any where we go, where ever we step foot at, whether we are hunting, going to the boat docks, parkways or any place for that matter, we will keep our eyes open in hopes of finding Samantha. Thoughts & prayers to the Burns family & all who loved her. May God help the investigators in finding Samantha.