LANCASTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Garrard County Grand Jury has indicted David Sparks for murder in the death of Savannah Spurlock, a 23-year old mother of four from Richmond who was missing for seven months before being found murdered.
We spoke to Savannah’s Aunt Lisa Thoma, who reacted to Wednesday’s indictment.
“What I’ve learned in the short time in this part of this process is that it’s long and things get delayed and things take time and the waiting that we did when she was missing was really hard and difficult,” Thoma said. “Now this side of it from what we’ve already learned in the last month, this process is going to be very long and painful.”
Sparks was originally charged with tampering with physical evidence and the abuse of a corpse.
Investigators say Spurlock was last seen alive on January 4, 2019, leaving a bar in Lexington with three men, one of whom was Sparks. Her body was discovered in July, buried in the yard of Sparks’ parents’ home in Garrard County.
Investigators say a rug found buried with Spurlock’s body came from Sparks’ bedroom at his Price Court home in Garrard County and that blood found in a closet in Sparks’ home matched Spurlock’s DNA.
A detective says Sparks told investigators that he, Spurlock, and two other men went back to his home on January 4. After the other two men left, Sparks claims he let Spurlock sleep in his bed while he stayed on 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.
Sparks is in the Lincoln County Detention Center. He is scheduled to answer to the new charge on Friday, September 6, 2019, according to court documents.