GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Garrard County Emergency Management Director Tim Scott tells LEX 18 that he is still in shock over recent developments in the Savannah Spurlock Case.
"It's a small town. Lancaster, Garrard County, is a small county. And just to think that something like this happens close to home, you know, in a way it's scary. It is, it's just touching, and you just never think something like this is going to happen in your small town," said Scott.
The search for the missing mother of four started at a rental property on Price Court in Garrard County. David Sparks, who has been arrested in the case, used to live in the home. Sparks has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. He was captured in surveillance video leaving a Lexington bar with Spurlock in January.
From the rental property, dozens of volunteers across the country arrived in Garrard County to search for Spurlock. Posters were put up and metal tip boxes were installed across the county.
"It's amazing. I think everyone really took stock in this, you know, and felt for the family. Felt for her. Being a mother, missing the way she was, it seems like it touched everyone personally," said Scott.
Scott tells LEX 18 that one of the major breakthroughs in the case happened just days after police had released images from Lexington. He said that a Garrard County police officer recognized a truck travelling along Highway 52, that truck pointed Richmond investigators toward three men, including Sparks.
"We've always suspected that Savannah was near," said Scott.
The search for the 23-year-old ended last Wednesday when police recovered Sprulock's remains from a property on Fall Lick Road. The property belongs to the parents of David Sparks. Investigators revealed that Spurlock's nude body was found in a grave that was 19 inches deep. Her feet were found with shipping take and she had been placed in multiple black bags.
In court on Monday, officers testified that blood belonging to Spurlock was found inside a closet door at the Price Court rental.
No cause of death has been determined at this time.
The case against Sparks will head to a grand jury.