Police arrested a man early Thursday after an investigation uncovered human remains at a Kentucky home believed to be the last known location of missing mom Savannah Spurlock, who disappeared seven months ago after leaving a bar, officials said.
David Sparks was taken into custody and charged with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse, Lexington’s WLEX-TV reported. He was booked into a jail in Madison County.
The remains will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, Ky., Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy said. He said he cannot confirm the body found is Spurlock at this time because the remains were heavily decomposed.
Spurlock, a mother of four who had given birth to twins in December, was last seen on surveillance video Jan. 4 after leaving The Other Bar in Lexington with two men.
Lt. Col. Rodney Richardson, assistant chief of police with the Richmond Police Department, told Fox News that Spurlock’s last known location was at a home in Garrard County – located some 40 miles from the bar.
Kentucky State Police said they received a tip around 5 p.m. on Wednesday that led them back to a Garrard County residence. The house belongs to the parents of one of the men Spurlock was last seen with, police said, according to Lexington’s WLEX-TV. Police have searched the home several times before in the months since Spurlock went missing.
FBI Louisville Evidence Response Team, Kentucky State Police troopers, Richmond Police officers and officials from the coroner’s office began searching the home around 10:30 p.m. after granted a warrant, WDRB reported.
Police questioned the two men seen on surveillance as well as a third man when Spurlock first disappeared but did not file charges against them. Search and rescue teams that specialize in K9 searches swept the cornfields and a bridge near the home where the mother of four was last tracked in the months since her disappearance. In April, police received a tip that lead them to search a cave but nothing was found, WLEX-TV reported.
Fox News’ Cristina Corbin and Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.