A Kentucky man charged with the disappearance of Savannah Spurlock was charged with murder, WDRB reported.
David Sparks was arrested last month and charged with allegations of manipulation of evidence and abuse of a corpse to Spurlock Remains were found on a property associated with Sparks' family in rural Garrard County. 23-year-old Spurlock left a Lexington bar with three men last January, including Sparks.
At a trial last month, a Kentucky state police detective said Spurlock's body was found in a 19-inch grave. The body was covered in black garbage bags, and the authorities say it was buried in a gray rug from Sparks's bedroom, which he replaced with a similar-looking rug.
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"Nothing about this situation is positive or happy as this face has been tracking our nightmares for a long time," said Spurlock's family in a statement, which was published on Facebook on Wednesday. "… Savannah had a beautiful life that was stolen from her."
The statement added that Sparks would be charged with murder on September 6. Online jail records did not indicate if Sparks was represented by a lawyer attorney who could comment on the case.
Fox News & # 39; Matt Finn contributed to this report.