Human remains have been found at a home and an arrest has been made in connection to the disappearance of Savannah Spurlock, the mother of four who was last seen Jan. 4 after leaving a Lexington bar.
David Sparks, 24, of Lancaster, was arrested at 1:51 Thursday morning and booked into the Madison County Detention Center by Kentucky State Police after human remains were located concealed in an unnatural position beneath the surface of the ground at a home on Perkins Lane off of Fall Lick Road in Garrard County. The remains have been sent the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy and identification.
Sparks is being charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence according to online jail records. He has yet to be released.
Sparks' arrest citation states that a man called his attorney Wednesday to report a foul odor coming from his property and was concerned.
This, coupled with Sparks' being a primary suspect in the Spurlock missing persons case, prompted law enforcement agencies to take another look at the property.
The remains were found just before midnight, along with "items of evidence believed to be connected to the missing persons case," according to Sparks' citation.
"These items were last known to be in the control of only two individuals, the missing person, and the above," Sparks' citation said.
KSP Post 7's Trooper Robert Purdy, the agency handling the death investigation, was unable to comment on what the items found were.
Richmond Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Richardson, the agency in charge of the missing person's case, said that they had received a tip around 5 p.m. Wednesday that led them back to the Garrard County residence that had been previously searched.
Multiple agencies were involved in the search, including RPD, KSP, Lancaster Police Department, Garrard County Police Department, and the Louisville FBI Evidence Response Team. Purdy said the differing law enforcement agencies were on scene from about 5 p.m. until roughly 2 a.m.
"Everyone is working as hard and fast as they can to get some answers," Richardson said. "We'll all be by the phone waiting for answers. Many people think this is the end. It's not the end, it's just the beginning."
The finding comes just days after the six-month anniversary of Spurlock's disappearance.
Investigators believe Spurlock, 23, was last seen Jan. 4 after she left a Lexington bar and went with a group of men to a home on Price Court in Garrard County. Police interviewed the men seen with Spurlock on surveillance video outside the bar.
A home on Price Court was searched during the initial stages of the investigation. Search teams spent weeks looking for her throughout Garrard County soon after she went missing.
The ongoing death investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Tye Chavies.
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