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UPDATE: Nothing significant found in search of property in Samantha Burns case

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Published: Jul. 10, 2017 at 1:09 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/11/17 @ 4 p.m.

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless says the search has ended at a property in Chesapeake in the Samantha Burns case.

According to Sheriff Lawless, investigators didn't find anything significant during the search.

Heavy equipment was brought in to search the property Tuesday morning.

The search began after a tip on social media about where the former Marshall University student may be buried.

She was 19 when she was last seen in 2002.

Brandon Basham and Chad Fulks are on death row in Indiana for her murder.

The FBI led the investigation.

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UPDATE 7/11/17 @ 9:45 a.m.

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Multiple agencies are back out at a property in Chesapeake, Ohio Tuesday morning digging and sifting through dirt after receiving a tip that Samantha Burns' body may be buried there.

The home they are searching is along Township Road 1466.

Our crew on scene Tuesday morning said several agencies including the FBI, Huntington Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff's Office were on scene.

Crews were digging in several different areas on the property and were sifting through some of the dirt they dug up.

So far, nothing has been found on the property.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless released the following statement to WSAZ Tuesday morning:

"We resumed our search this morning and early just prior to between 630 and seven. As of now we have found nothing of significance. We are bringing in a piece of heavy equipment so that we can dig deeper into the ground."

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UPDATE 7/10/17 @ 9:45 p.m.

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators said they were planning to leave the scene where they were digging Monday night and resume Tuesday morning.

A deputy will remain at the scene along Township Road 1466 in Chesapeake throughout the night to keep it secure.

Paul Scarberry, a cousin of the woman who lives on the property where investigators were digging, says he feels confident there's nothing there to find.

"It's totally bogus," Scarberry said. "They've totally wasted their time and resources, whoever put the tip in. They're the one that needs to be put in jail because they wasted a lot of people's time today."

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UPDATE 7/10/17 @ 3:30 p.m.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Our crew at the scene says digging has begun by investigating following up on a tip in the Samantha Burns case.

The FBI, Huntington Police and Lawrence County Sheriff's Department have been at a property on Township Road 1466 in Chesapeake for most of the day Monday.

Law enforcement are at the scene investigating a tip in the Samantha Burns case.

Burns, who was a student at Marshall University, was last seen in 2002.

The 19-year-old was from Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Chad Fulks and Brandon Basham were convicted of kidnapping and murdering Burns in 2002.

In the following years, Fulks provided some tips to investigators about where Burns' body might be located, but those searches didn't turn up anything.

Both men are currently on death row at Federal Prison in Indiana.

The investigation is being led by the FBI.

Investigators say if nothing significant is found Monday, they will leave the scene at 8 p.m. and resume operations Tuesday morning. A deputy will remain at the scene throughout the night to keep it secure.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 7/10/17

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Law enforcement is on the scene of a property following up on a tip in the Samantha Burns case.

The FBI, Huntington Police and Lawrence County Sheriff's Department are at a property on Township Road 1466 in Chesapeake.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless tells WSAZ investigators are following up on a tip in the Samantha Burns case.

Burns, who was a student at Marshall University, was last seen in 2002.

The property is currently roped off while investigators take pictures, measurements and continue processing the scene.

The investigation is being led by the FBI.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.