🙏Project Prayer for The Missing- Samantha Burns


Missing Since: 11/11/02
Missing from :Huntington, West Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 04/23/83
Age at disappearance: 19
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 110 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Chicken pox scars on the
right side of forehead. Tattoo of a butterfly on lower back,
pierced ears and pierced tongue.
Clothing: Orange fuzzy sweater with a tank top underneath,
low-cut rider jeans that flared at the bottom, light tan suede
mule shoes and leopard print purse.
Jewelry: Diamond stud earrings, a heart-shaped ring with a
diamond in the center of the heart.
Nickname: “Sam”, “Sammy”

Details of Disappearance
Samantha Burns was last seen by her aunt at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville, WV, at 6:30 on the evening of November 11, 2002. At 9:45 p.m. that evening, Burns used her cellular phone to call her mother and said had been visiting friends at Marshall University Court Yard Apartments but was coming home. Burns lived in East Hamlin, West Virginia. She never arrived there and has never been heard from again. The call to her mother was the last one Burns made on her phone. After her disappearance the phone was discovered to be turned off, which is uncharacteristic of Burns.

At 3:30 a.m. on November 12, Burns’ 1999 burgundy Chevrolet Cavalier with a tiger sticker in the back window on the driver’s side and a license plate numbered 5X9326 was found abandoned in Wayne County, West Virginia. The vehicle was discovered in a secluded area at German Ridge and Haneys Branch Roads, near the Cabell-Wayne county line. It had been set on fire; when the police found it, it was still burning. There was no sign of Burns near the vehicle.

In July 2005, Chadrick Fulks and Branden Basham pleaded guilty to a federal charge of carjacking resulting in death to avoid a possible death sentence. Basham and Fulks had escaped from the Hopkins County (Ky.) Jail in November 2002. They have said that they carjacked Burns shortly thereafter and killed her, though her body has not been found. They are currently on death row for another killing, that of Alice Donovan from South Carolina.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
West Virginia State Police
(304) 528-5555

Samantha went missing Nov 11, 2002. The men who abducted her have been sentenced to death row but her remains have not been found. Many searches and still no recovery. It has been 13yrs and we still will not give up. Keeping the faith that one day she will be found.

Kandi Burns- Mother

If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons  at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.

All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.


7 thoughts on “🙏Project Prayer for The Missing- Samantha Burns

  1. Samantha: Our family has been praying for you and your family each day this month as part of the ARK youth group’s Project Prayer for the Missing. We will continue to pray for you. God bless you.

    Tom Coradeschi

  2. KANDI JOHN i am so sorry about samantha i remember when she was born how happy you and john was my prayers are always with you I no GOD HAS HER IN HIS ARMS AND HEAVEN IS A BETTER PLACE WITH HER THERE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF GOD BLESS YOU artie stollings

    • We are praying that she is out there self Praying that the guys lied, Hoping she is out of state living a happy life with a husband & kids I know or think i would believe it could be true if it was my daughter But we all feel so close to Sammy we all will always hope & pray she is still alive

  3. We hope our prayer for justice and peace for you and Samatha will be answered. We will be lighting a special candle tonight in honor of Samantha as our Project Prayer for the missing comes to an end. We will continue to think of you both. Our youth group has helped to raise over $1000 for CUE this year and pray that we can make a difference to families and loved ones of the missing.

    God Bless,
    Elliot and Owen Bunting and family

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