Savannah Spurlock's discovery gives hope to others with missing loved ones

STANFORD, Ky. (WYMT) - Sandra Hasty's son Michael Gorley disappeared four years ago. She started a missing and murdered Facebook page and hosts a yearly vigil for others with similar stories.

After hearing that Savannah Spurlock's body was identified Thursday after a six-month investigation, Hasty has new hope that her son's case will also be solved.

Gorley is one of the many missing people or unsolved cases in the area. His mother's Facebook page lists hundreds of people from all over Kentucky and their stories of heartache.

Hasty said she stayed up and watched coverage of the human remains found in Garrard County Wednesday night, then was glued to the coverage Thursday when Spurlock's identity was revealed.

"I cried. I actually cried all night. Because all I could think about was her family and her children," said Hasty. "It just broke my heart. It's a sad situation but the family can lay her to rest."

Hasty has stayed in close contact with Spurlock's family. Her father even came to one of Hasty's recent vigils.

She says that is the key, people with similar stories gaining strength from each other. Hasty also had a message for those wanting to conceal what they have done.

"The longer you make a family suffer, the worse it's going to be for you."

Spurlock went missing in early January. Her body was found on property belonging to David Sparks' family. Officials said Sparks was one of the last people seen with Spurlock before her disappearance and is now facing charges. He is in the Lincoln County Jail and will be back in court on Monday.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. Funeral services and burial will be private.

Read more about Spurlock's case here.

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