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Authorities have located human remains in the search for a Kentucky woman missing for more than six months and now have a suspect in custody.
The remains were located in a home just before midnight on Wednesday, but have yet to be positively identified, according to the Kentucky State Police. They will be sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and identification, officials said.
Savannah Spurlock, 23, went missing after leaving a bar in Lexington with three men in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, according to authorities. She has not been seen since.
Spurlock is the mother of four children.
Kentucky State Police have also arrested David Sparks, 24, from Lancaster and charged him with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. Further details of his arrest have not been released.
PHOTO: Savannah Spurlock is seen here in an undated file photo. (Richmond Police Dept. )More
The search late Wednesday centered on a home in Garrard County, about 30 miles south of Lexington.
The FBI's Louisville office shared just before 9 p.m. local time
that their "Evidence Response Team [was] on scene at a residence in Garrard County with @kystatepolice and the Richmond Police Department as part of the Savannah Spurlock investigation.
FBI Louisville's Evidence Response Team is on scene at a residence in Garrard County with @kystatepolice and the Richmond Police Department as part of the Savannah Spurlock investigation. Further comment will only be made when additional details are available.— FBI Louisville (@FBILouisville) July 11, 2019
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An official told ABC News in February that they knew the three men took Spurlock to a home in the rural county, but not "when, how she left, or what happened to her after that."
The home in Garrard County was considered "her last known whereabouts," Richmond Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Richardson told ABC News in early February. The home was the same location authorities were searching Wednesday.
PHOTO: David Sparks, 24, was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in relation to the disappearance of Savannah Sparks in Lexington, Ky., in January 2019. (Madison County (Kentucky) Detention Center)More
All three men were interviewed, but not charged at the time.
"Just before midnight, human remains were located by law enforcement officials," Robert Purdy, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer,
. "As a result of the ongoing investigation the deceased is being taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy & identification."
Just before midnight, human remains were located by law enforcement officials. As a result of the ongoing investigation the deceased is being taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy & identification.— Trooper Purdy (KSP) (@TprPurdy) July 11, 2019
(MORE: Missing mom vanished after 3 men took her to home in rural Kentucky county, police say)
Kentucky State Police first tweeted they were searching a home on Fall Lick Road in Lancaster, Kentucky, at 7:51 p.m.
It is unclear what piece of new information led authorities to search the home Wednesday.
PHOTO: The FBI and Kentucky State Police located human remains connected to the disappearance of Savannah Spurlock on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The 23-year-old mother went missing in January. (Kentucky State Police)More
Spurlock's mother, Ellen Spurlock, called her daughter's disappearance her "worst nightmare" in an interview earlier this year. She told ABC News she spoke to her daughter at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 4, while she was with the three men, and nothing seemed unusual.
"When I asked her where she was, she said she was in Lexington," Ellen Spurlock told ABC News. "She promised she would be home later that morning. She did not seem out of the ordinary."
In June, the family increased the reward for information leading to Spurlock's "safe return or recovery" to $15,000.
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