FBI agents took the unusual step of temporarily letting a federal death row inmate out of his cell so he could help with the search for the body of one of the two women he killed, reports the Associated Press. Chadrick Evan Fulks, 36, was taken from the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., to West Virginia in March to help with the search for the remains of Samantha Nicole Burns, according to a sealed order obtained by the AP.
In a letter, Fulks confirmed his role in the search for the Marshall University student last seen in 2002. He said he showed agents the area where Burns was buried during his and fellow inmate Brandon Basham’s 17-day crime spree after escaping the Hopkins County Jail in western Kentucky in 2002. A judge’s order allowed the FBI to take custody of Fulks for 18 hours last spring. Federal and state investigators conducted a search for Burns’ remains on land near train tracks and an intersection near West Virginia 75, a rural area near where Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio meet. The results of the search were not clear Wednesday.