An arrest was made early Thursday in connection with the disappearance of 23-year-old Kentucky mom Savannah Spurlock hours after human remains were found on property owned by the suspect’s family.
David Sparks, 24, faces a charge of tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse and is being held in the Madison County Detention Center, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy.
The trooper tweeted Wednesday night that human remains were located by “law enforcement officials” and were being transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy and identification.
Sparks lives on the property in Lancaster where the remains were found, according to TV station WKYT, and is believed to be the “primary suspect” in Spurlock’s disappearance.
Other items were found with the remains, according to the station.
“These items were last known to be in the control of only two individuals, the missing person, and the above,” according to the Sparks’ arrest citation obtained by WKYT.
Authorities had received a tip at about 5 p.m. that led them to his property, according to the Courier-Journal newspaper.
Spurlock, who has four young children, was last seen leaving a bar in Lexington on Jan. 4. Investigators say she was with three men, who have all been questioned. Sparks was one of the last people to be seen with her, according to authorities.
She lives in the city of Richmond with her mother.