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Savannah Spurlock: a person of interest arrested for desecration after the discovery of human remains, police say



A man questioned by police in the disappearance of Savannah Spurlock, a missing Kentucky mother, was arrested Thursday morning after being accused of desecration.

David Sparks, one of the last people suspected of being with Spurlock, has been arrested and charged with falsifying material evidence and abusing a corpse, reported Lexington's WLEX-TV channel. He was incarcerated in a Madison County jail.

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David Sparks was allegedly charged with abusing a corpse and tampering with physical evidence after human remains were found in a home that would be the last known location of Kentucky's mother, Savannah Spurlock, missing.

David Sparks was allegedly charged with abusing a corpse and tampering with physical evidence after human remains were found in a home that would be the last known location of Kentucky's mother, Savannah Spurlock, missing.
(Madison County Detention Center)

The remains will be transported to the medical examiner's office in Frankfort, Kentucky, said Robert Purdy, a police officer from Kentucky State Police. He said that he could not confirm that the remains found were those of Spurlock at that time as they were heavily decomposed.

The latest development came after a man reported a foul odor coming from the property, where Sparks lives, according to an arrest quote for Sparks obtained by WKYT. This trick, coupled with the fact that Sparks was "the main suspect in an investigation into missing persons" led to the search, during which officials said they found remains – and other objects – buried on the property.

"These items were last checked by only two people, the missing person and the aforementioned people," says the quote, according to WKYT.

Spurlock, a mother of four who had given birth to twins in December, was last seen on Jan. 4 on the surveillance video after leaving The Other Bar in Lexington with two men.

Lieutenant-Colonel Rodney Richardson, deputy police chief of the Richmond Police Department, told Fox News that Spurlock's last known location was at his home in Garrard County, 40 km from the bar.

The house is believed to belong to Sparks' parents and was searched on January 22, police said, according to Lexington's WLEX-TV channel.

The FBI Evidence Response Team in Louisville, Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police, and coroner's office officials began ransacking the house at around 10:30 pm a warrant, the WDRB reported.

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Police interrogated the two men under surveillance as well as a third when Spurlock first disappeared, but did not file a complaint against them. K9 search and rescue teams swept the cornfields and a bridge near the house where the mother of four was found in the months following her disappearance. In April, the police received information that led them to search a cave, but nothing was found, reported WLEX-TV.

Cristina Corbin and Kathleen Joyce from Fox News contributed to this report.


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