Gruesome new details revealed in death of Savannah Spurlock

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GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Disturbing new details were revealed Monday in the death of Savannah Spurlock, as the man accused of burying her body appeared in court.

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

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Spurlock was last seen alive on January 4 leaving a bar in Lexington with three men, one of whom was Sparks. Her body was discovered last week at Sparks’ parents’ home in Garrard County.

On Monday, a Kentucky State Police detective testified in court that Spurlock was found in a grave dug 19-inches deep, wrapped in several black plastic trash bags, naked, her feet bound with tape and her body folded over. A rug was also found placed behind her back.

KSP detective testified a little black plastic was visible above the grave when investigators got on scene.



The detective says the rug found buried with Spurlock came from Sparks’ bedroom at his Price Court home in Garrard County and that Sparks sent a text message to his sister, asking her where she got the rug. He was later seen on surveillance video at Walmart buying a new rug police believe to replace the one found with Spurlock’s body, according to the detective.

The detective also testified that blood found in a closet in Sparks’ home matched Spurlock’s DNA. The home was first searched in January, then again in April and that’s when the blood was discovered.

The detective says Sparks told investigators that Spurlock, two other men, and him came back to his home on January 4. After the other two men left, Sparks claims he let Spurlock sleep in his bed while he took the couch. He says she later woke him up and asked him where she was, and he gave her the address. He says he went back to sleep and, when he woke up the next day, she was gone.

According to the detective, investigators believe Sparks went to his parents’ home for two hours on the evening of January 4 then returned early the next morning and was there for approximately two more hours. But investigators didn’t say when they think he buried her there.

Right now, no one is charged with her death and investigators haven’t said how they think she died.

Sparks is being held without bond. On Monday, the judge said he would review the bond.