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UPDATE: Kentucky State Police confirm human remains identified as Savannah Spurlock

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Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 9:13 PM EDT
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Update 7/12/19

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

Update 11:00 p.m.

Savannah Spurlock's Aunt, Lisa Thoma, talked on social media Thursday after finding out what happened to her niece.

"Our sobs of pain and physical anguish are met with moments of beautiful memories of the vibrant and vivacious person she was," said Thoma.

Thoma did a Facebook Live on the Missing Savannah Spurlock Facebook Page.

"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," said Thoma.

There are still many unanswered questions in this case.

"We pray that justice will be served by anyone involved," said Thoma.

Thoma went on to thank the public for fighting for answers.

"You have kept Savannah's silenced voice alive along with us in a fight for the truth," said Thoma.

You can watch the full Facebook Live below.

Family Statement

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. Savannah, we love you so much. #RestinHeaven #SavannahStrong

Posted by Remembering Savannah on Thursday, July 11, 2019
Update 4:00 p.m.

Kentucky State Police confirmed the human remains found in Garrard County Wednesday night were identified as Savannah Spurlock.

Spurlock went missing in January after she was last seen leaving a Lexington bar with three men. One of those men is David Sparks, who was arrested Thursday morning for abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

BREAKING: Kentucky State Police confirm human remains found in Garrard County are those of Savannah Spurlock. READ MORE: http://bit.ly/2Lf5IOy

Posted by WKYT on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Investigators learned Spurlock was seen at the property where her body was found with Sparks the morning after her disappearance. Detectives are still investigating what lead up to and the cause of her death.

"As a member of this community, I am aware that the results of this investigation are incredibly heartbreaking," said Trooper Robert Purdy.

Troopers said they searched the property in February but did not find anything. The property is owned by Sparks' family members. An odor coming from the body led to a tip called in.

When asked, troopers said they do not think Spurlock's body was placed on the property recently. They said the way her body was hidden was suspicious, and there were several items found with the body.

"As far as the specific items that were recovered, all of that is sensitive to this investigation. Specific details won't be able to release, will be coming out in court proceedings," Purdy said.

Police have not charged the other two men last seen with Spurlock at this time. It is unknown whether Sparks will face additional charges or not.

Update 3:45 p.m. 7/11/19

Kentucky State Police will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. where we expect officials to announce new details in the Savannah Spurlock case.

Officials are at the Madison County Joint Information Center. This conference comes after authorities found human remains in Garrard County and arrested a man in connection to the search for Spurlock late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Spurlock disappeared more than six months ago.

Update 12:00 p.m. 7/11/19

David Sparks, who was arrested Thursday morning in connection to human remains found on his family's property, has a criminal background.

There are several traffic citations dating back to 2014, but the most serious charge was after a 2017 arrest in Lincoln County. Sparks pleaded guilty to DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Autopsy results on the human remains found are not released yet, but police believe they are connected to the case of the missing Richmond mother Savannah Spurlock. Missing items connected to both Spurlock and Sparks were found with the remains.

Police have not said if they expect to make other arrests in the case.

Spurlock, 23, was last seen leaving a Madison County bar with several Garrard County men.

Update 6:00 a.m 7/11/19

David Sparks has been arrested in connection to the human remains found early Thursday morning in Garrard County related to the case of missing Richmond mother Savannah Spurlock.

The arrest citation says a man called his attorney Wednesday to report a foul odor coming from his property. Troopers said that information led investigators to search the property. They also say Sparks "is the primary suspect in a missing persons investigation."

The human remains, along with other evidence, were found buried on the property, which belongs to Sparks' family. "These items were last known to be in the control of only two individuals, the missing person, and the above," the citation says.

Kentucky State Police did not identify the remains. Medical examiners will perform an autopsy in Frankfort.

Police charged David Sparks with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Update 4:15 a.m 7/11/19

A man was arrested in connection to the remains found early Thursday morning in Garrard County at a property tied to the case of Savannah Spurlock.

Police charged David Sparks with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held in the Madison County Detention Center.

Sparks is facing charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Update 12:40 a.m. 7/11/19

Authorities found human remains in Garrard County at a property connected to the case of Savannah Spurlock.

Authorities are at a property on Perkins Lane.

Troopers say the search is on the property of the family of a potential suspect.

Officials say no one is currently in custody. Kentucky State Police did not identify the remains. Medical examiners in Frankfort will perform an autopsy.

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Several law enforcement agencies descended onto what is believed to be the last known location of missing Kentucky mother Savannah Spurlock Wednesday evening.

Our reporter on the scene tells us Kentucky State Police Troopers, FBI agents and sheriff's deputies set up near a home in Garrard County.

He was also told a coroner is on the scene, but it is not clear what county the coroner is from.

Officials confirmed the search does have to do with Spurlock, 23, who was last seen leaving a Madison County bar with several Garrard County men.

“Nothing has been found, the search may have started a few moments ago but no body has been located. A lot of rumors floating around. As soon as we find something we will let you know," said Trooper Robert Purdy.

Men in hazmat suits started searching the home around 10:30 p.m. after getting a search warrant.

The home on Perkins Lane has been searched several times in the six months since Spurlock disappeared.

Richmond Police have been front and center in this case but Kentucky State Police are conducting the investigation Wednesday night.

No remains have been found at this time, but the search is expected to continue into the night.

This is a developing story. WYMT will continue to update as we learn more.