Authorities say human remains identified as missing Kentucky mom

Savannah Spurlock

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WKRN) – Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy held a press conference Thursday afternoon regarding the death investigation on the Savannah Spurlock case.

KSP says Richmond Police were contacted with a possible location of human remains.

KSP have officially confirmed that the human remains found on a property in Garrard County have been identified as those belonging to Savannah Spurlock.

The cause of death is still to be determined by an autopsy.

Spurlock, 23, has been missing for six months. She was last seen leaving a bar in Lexington with three men.

The property where the remains were found belongs to a relative of David Sparks, who was one of the men last seen with Spurlock.

Sparks is in custody at the Madison County Detention Center.

He faces one charge of corpse abuse and one charge of tampering with evidence.

Shortly after police confirmed the remains as Spurlock’s, family members reacted to the news on social media.

On the Facebook page, “Missing Savannah,” her family wrote, “We are heartbroken to confirm that Savannah’s remains were found on the property of a home in Garrard County overnight.

Our sobs of pain and physical anguish are met with moments of our beautiful memories of the vibrant and vivacious person she was. She lives on through her precious boys, who each carry a special part of her in them.

We know that Savannah has not been suffering all of this time. She has been cradled in the arms of our Great Savior, Jesus Christ. As we have cried out to Him through the unknown, we continue to cling to Him through the pain and heartache of the truth to come. As hard as the last six months have been, the truth of what happened that night in January is going to be even more painful. We have fought a very public fight, and now we must step away and grieve privately. We plan to close this page tomorrow morning, and we ask that media respect our need for privacy as well.

We could not have done this without the over 35,000 of you on this page who have followed, shared, prayed, searched, donated, and advocated. You have kept Savannah’s silenced voice alive alongside us in a fight for the truth. You have embraced a stranger with empathy and compassion. Many of you have adopted her into your family as one of your own. Thank you.

Thank you to the ones who provided the tip that gave us closure. That took immense courage and bravery to stand up for the truth. Thank you.

To Detective Fraze and Detective Scott from Richmond PD, you have put so much heart and soul into fighting for Savannah. We are forever grateful for your passion for answers, your perseverance to protect the case, and your dedication and hours of work. Thank you to Richmond PD, Garrard County PD, KSP, FBI, and all the other local LE agencies who have poured into this case. Thank you to Sal Grasso, for helping with this final push for answers. As KSP now takes the reins, we pray that justice will be served by anyone involved.

Thank you to the professional groups who have advised us, cried with us, and searched for Savannah. Cajun Search and Rescue Team, Midwest Chapter of Texas Eqqusearch, LostNMissing, The Aware Foundation, Missing Person Cases Network, and the many other teams that aided on the ground and online. Thank you to Kim Gipson, Grace Prater, Toni Robinson, and all of our other local searchers who spent hours on the ground fighting for Savannah.

Thank you to the local and national media outlets who have spread awareness week after week. We appreciate your efforts so deeply.

The amount of support and love you all have shown our family is incredible. Around the world, you have been #SavannahStrong. God has an amazing way of knitting people together through tragedy. We are thankful for those new bonds formed. For the small number who have had ill intentions through this process, we pray that God will meet you and forgive you for hurting Savannah and our family. 

As this part of the process closes for us, we continue to pray and advocate for the other families of the missing who are still waiting. We pray for perseverance through the unknown. We pray for courage to fight for their loved one, who is worthy to be found. ”

Spurlock has four young boys.

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