"You just get anxiety every time," Adkins said. "You think, 'Here we go again.'"
About a dozen volunteers from the group Community United Effort joined Friday's search. Robby Hughes, another of Burns' uncles, said the CUE group has been helping his family search for years.
Finding Burns' remains is just as important to them as it is to his family, Hughes said.
"None of us will give up," he said.
Search volunteers came from Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio to help local authorities. They brought in cadaver dogs to smell around a nearby wooded area and along the railroad tracks.
Adkins said it hurts not knowing where his niece's remains are after all these years. He thinks about her frequently.
"She was a good, sweet little girl," Adkins said. "She was just trying to grow up, but she never got the chance."
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