Authorities discover remains in search for woman missing since January

first_imgRichmond Police Dept. (RICHMOND, Ky.) — Authorities have located human remains in the search for a Kentucky woman missing for more than six months.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.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 on Twitter 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.”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.All three men were interviewed, but not charged at the time. No charges were announced Wednesday either.“Just before midnight, human remains were located by law enforcement officials,” Robert Purdy, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer, said on Twitter. “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.”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.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.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Forbes names Pittsburgh Penguins fans best in NHL

first_imgThe Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators held up the back of the top 10 at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. In addition, the St. Louis Blues take seventh place, while the Montreal Canadiens reportedly fell off Forbes’ top 10 ranking entirely this year.Settimi wrote that it rates team’s fan bases on the following metrics: local television ratings (Nielsen and local Canadian reports), stadium attendance based on capacity reached, secondary ticket market (via StubHub, specifically), merchandise sales (from Fanatics) and social media reach based on the team’s metro area population.The publication said it noted no distinct correlation between its list of most valuable NHL teams in 2019 (the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs top that list) and its ranking of best fan bases. Forbes released its rankings of the top fans around the NHL  on Friday— and Pittsburgh Penguins fans topped the list.The media company named the Penguins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks as having the league’s best fan bases. According to Forbes’ Christina Settimi, it’s the third time Sidney Crosby’s team has topped their list since they started creating it annually in 2009. All three teams have seen tremendous success this decade; the Blackhawks won the most Stanley Cups (three) of any team, the Penguins won back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016 and the Bruins won it all in 2011 and returned to the playoffs’ final round twice more. According to the report’s research, Nielsen ratings show the Blackhawks are currently a more popular draw on television than the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, and that Chicago-area sports fans are more likely to have watched, attended or listened to a Blackhawks game than a Bulls contest.MORE: Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, expected to miss rest of seasonForbes did not disclose its entire 31-team ranking in order to protect sensitive data, but it did reveal a few other insights from its study of fans in 2019. The Vegas Golden Knights, a franchise in just its third season of play, ranked as the league’s fourth-best fan base.“There is a unique bond between the fans and this city. Part of that is we are Vegas-born and the first ones here,” Vegas team president Kerry Bubolz told Forbes.last_img read more