Human remains found at Kentucky house where missing mom Savannah Spurlock, 23, went with three men she met at a bar
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly found human remains buried at a rural property in Kentucky in search for 23-year-old Savannah Spurlock, a mother-of-four, who vanished after leaving a bar with three men she met there in January this year.
Authorities have revealed that they have arrested at one person as a person of interest in the case.
Spurlock was last seen on January 4, 2019, leaving The Other Bar in Lexington with the three men. Officials believe that she had not known these men before their meeting that night. The 23-year-old, who gave birth to twins in December, has a four-year-old son Noah and a two-year-old son Jace.
The suspect, 24-year-old David Sparks, was arrested on Thursday morning after officials uncovered the remains on his parents' property in Garrard County. Sparks was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
The suspect is believed to be one of the three men who were last seen with Spurlock when surveillance footage showed her leaving the bar in Lexington on January 4, according to the Daily Mail.
Police said that the mother, who had given birth to twins days before in January, was driven by the men nearly 40 miles away to the rural home after she left the bar. That was confirmed as her last location where she was known to have been.
Reports state that authorities raided the house after Kentucky State Police, on Wednesday, received a tip about a foul odor coming from the property. The man who had given the tip had reportedly contacted his attorney about the smell.
Officials later that night found human remains buried on the property. The remains have not yet been identified and have been sent to the medical examiner's office for identification and autopsy.
Sparks' arrest citation stated that police also found items belonging to the "missing person" that had been buried along with the remains. The officials had released pictures of Spurlock's phone and bag weeks after she was reported missing.
Latest reports reveal that officials had previously searched the same property immediately after Spurlock went missing six months ago. They had also seized a car parked outside the property then. However, no information about the search was revealed to the public then. It is not clear whether they found any evidence at the property during their initial search.
Spurlock had reportedly Facetimed her mother one of the men's vehicles during the drive and had told her that she would be home later that morning. All the three men were questioned by police during the early stages of the investigation, however, no arrests were made at the time.
Spurlock's best friend, Kala Hamblin, while talking to the Daily Mail in February had said that the night the 23-year-old disappeared was her first night out since giving birth. Her children were reportedly being cared for by their father and her ex-boyfriend, Shaquille Smith. Hamblin added that she went with another friend of hers but was alone towards the end of the day after arguing with her friend.
Hamblin also rejected the men's claims who said that she walked out of the home early that morning: "I don't believe it at all. I just do not believe that she walked out that door. She would have called one of us. She would have called her mom. She had on heels and a skirt and it was cold and she didn't have a jacket. She was on a country road where she has never been in her life. She would never walk on that."