Suspect arrested, human remains found in Kentucky missing woman case


PHOTO: David Sparks, 24, was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in relation to the disappearance of Savannah Sparks in Lexington, Ky., in January 2019. Madison County (Kentucky) Detention Center

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) — Authorities have found human remains in the search for a Kentucky woman missing for more than six months and now have a suspect in custody.

Kentucky State Police and the FBI have discovered remains on a property at Fall Lick Road in Garrard County. A tip led police to the property Wednesday evening.

24-year-old David Sparks has been arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Eyewitness News has obtained Sparks’ arrest citation. It says that someone living at the home smelled an odor coming from the property, leading authorities to search in the area.

The police document states “human remains were located concealed in an unnatural position beneath the surface of the ground”. The citation also states “items of evidence believed to be connected to the missing persons case were located with human remains.”

Police say those items were last known to be in control of only two people, Savannah Spurlock, and David Sparks.

Kentucky State Police said the house being searched belongs to relatives of a man who was seen in a video leaving The Other Bar in Lexington with Spurlock in January.

January 4 was specifically the last time anyone saw the 22-year-old mother of four.

The human remains have not been positively identified. The FBI and Kentucky State Police will perform and autopsy today to learn more.

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This story was originally published on July 11, 2019

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