Missing Kentucky Mom Savannah Spurlock Found Dead After Months-Long Search, Suspect Charged

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Kentucky State Police confirm Savannah Spurlock has been found dead.

An autopsy was performed this morning at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort. As a result the autopsy the human remains that were located last night in Garrard County have been identified as Savannah Spurlock, who went missing on January 5th after leaving a Lexington bar with three individuals. Spurlock gave birth to twins just four weeks earlier.

After disappearing in January, the mother of four was reported as a missing person to the Richmond Police Department, who has been following up on tips and leads about her disappearance over the past 6 months. Multiple searches by RPD, KSP, local police agencies, and volunteers have occurred throughout Garrard County & central Kentucky. As part of the initial investigation by Richmond PD, the three men last seen with Savannah Spurlock were identified and interviewed, one of which was David Sparks.

The investigation indicates that Spurlock was seen at the residence of Sparks during the morning hours of January 5th.

Spurlock’s remains were found on property belonging to Sparks’ family after someone called police regarding a foul odor.

Sparks has been arrested on suspicion of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence — more charges are expected.

Cops searched the property months ago and did not locate Spurlock’s body.

“I don’t believe there’s any indication that she was placed there recently,” he said. “I think that the odor (from the remains) … that’s what led us there.”

Sparks has been arrested on suspicion of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence — more charges are expected.

A cause of death or motive was not revealed.

“Over the coming days our detectives will continue their investigation into what led to the death of Savannah Spurlock,” police said, “at which time additional information may be released.”

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