A neighbor described hearing chilling screams the last day Savannah Spurlock was seen alive coming from the rental home of the man now being held in connection with the mom of four’s death.
The neighbor told The Daily Mail she heard “screams in the night” in the early morning hours of January 4, the same day police believe Spurlock went to the rural Kentucky home with three men she was captured on surveillance footage leaving a Lexington bar with.
“I got up and I listened and I know they were coming from that house,” the unidentified neighbor told the news organization.
The neighbor said although she initially believed the screams could have been coming from kids who lived next door, she quickly realized they were something more sinister.
“'They didn't start looking for her for a while after but when the police came I just knew. I knew what I had heard. I know something bad happened in there,” she said.
David Sparks, 23, had reportedly been renting the home and was one of the men seen leaving the bar with Spurlock on Jan. 4.
Spurlock’s naked body was found earlier this month wrapped in black trash bags and buried in a shallow grave on the property of Sparks’ parents, ending a seven-month search for the missing mom.
After the body was discovered, Sparks was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence and is expected to appear before a grand jury in August to determine whether he will face additional charges in the alleged crime, WHAS reports.
Surveillance footage mounted onto a neighbor’s home also reportedly captured Spurlock entering Spark’s rental home on Jan. 4, but never leaving the property, the Daily Mail reports.
Investigators discovered Spurlock’s body after someone reported smelling a “foul odor” on the property.
Sparks initially told investigators that Spurlock had gone back to his home but later woke him up to ask the property’s address, according to CNN. When he woke up later, he claimed Spurlock was gone.
Sparks has pleaded not guilty to the abuse of corpse and tampering with physical evidence charges against him.
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