Kentucky

Human remains found outside home in search for missing mother Savannah Spurlock

Human remains were found outside of a Garrard County home late Wednesday night during a search for missing Madison County mother Savannah Spurlock, according to Kentucky State Police.

It’s not immediately clear if the remains were of Spurlock, who went missing in January. The remains were taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for identification, said state police Trooper Robert Purdy. Results could be in as early as Thursday, Purdy added.

A tip sent multiple law enforcement agencies and coroners to the Garrard County property Wednesday night.

The property, which had been searched previously, belongs to a relative of a suspect, said Purdy. He would not identify the suspect.

No one was in custody as of 1 a.m. Thursday, Purdy said.

The search started about 10:30 p.m. after police got a search warrant and lasted until about midnight when the remains were found outside the home. Due to decomposition, authorities were unable to make an identification, Purdy said.

Purdy said the tip was received about 5 p.m. Wednesday. No other details about the tip were released.

Spurlock, a mother of four, has been missing since Jan. 4 when she was last seen leaving The Other Bar on Limestone in Lexington with three men. She went back to one of the men’s homes in Garrard County after leaving her purse and coat in her car, which was found in Lexington, according to Richmond police. Her family has since pleaded repeatedly for information on her whereabouts.

“Our hope is to bring closure, to know what happened and to be able to answer a lot of questions,” Purdy said. “Since the onset of this investigation, there have been a lot of things that we have been trying to answer, and we’re working with a lot of police departments to get those answers.”

Along with Kentucky State Police, police from Richmond and Garrard County were working at the residence near the intersection of Perkins Lane and Fall Lick Road.

The FBI in Louisville tweeted Wednesday night that its Evidence Response Team was involved.

Coroners from Madison and Garrard counties were at the site “just in case,” Purdy said.

A family spokesperson could not comment on any possible recent developments in Spurlock’s disappearance. “Family is just hanging tight right now,” said Lisa Thoma, Savannah’s aunt.

Richmond police previously said the men with whom Spurlock traveled to Garrard County told police she left on foot in the morning. Police have not released the names of the three men who were questioned.

The home where Spurlock was reportedly last seen was in Lancaster, about four miles away from the property searched Wednesday night.

Spurlock’s family has offered a reward for information on her disappearance and whereabouts.

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