It’s been more than three weeks since 22-year-old Savannah Spurlock left her four young children in the care of her mother so she could spend an evening out with friends. No one has seen or heard from her since. Now, police have released additional images of that fateful night when the young mom of newborn twins vanished without a trace.
January 4, 2019, marked the first time in months the young mom of four young children took some time for herself - and her mom, Ellen, was more than happy to help out. The six of them lived under one roof in Richmond, Kentucky, so Ellen was the natural choice to watch over Savannah's babies.
Ellen Spurlock broke her silence in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Dateline, revealing details about that fateful night. “She told me she was going out for a little bit and she would be back. She didn’t give me the hour, but I took it to mean she would be gone for the evening.”
Ellen says she was happy to lend her car to her daughter, who drove it, along with a friend, to Lexington, 45 miles away. Police say it was there that Savannah left her mom’s car at her friend's house and rode in another car to a local bar.
Back at home, Ellen had no reason to worry. In fact, when she received a Facetime call from Savannah at 3:00 a.m., she was put all the more at ease.
“I got the call and she said she was in Lexington and that everything was fine,” Ellen told ‘Dateline.’
On Savannah's cell phone screen, Ellen could make out that there were three or four other people in the car, but she was unable to identify any of them.
“There were 1-2 people in the back seat who were hollering and talking over each other.”
In that call, Savannah reassured her mother that she would, indeed, be home by morning.
“She said: ‘I will be home later this morning. I promise.’ And when she said she promised something, she always did it,” Ellen said.
“So when I went to sleep, I was secure in the thought that she would be home later in the morning.”
But when Ellen awoke, she became alarmed when she realized that Savannah had NOT returned home yet.
Then, as the day wore on with no sign from her daughter, Ellen knew something was wrong.
That’s when she decided to call the Richmond Police Department to report Savannah missing.
Lt. Col. Rodney Richardson, assistant chief of police at the Richmond Police Department, also spoke to ‘Dateline’ about Savannah’s last-known whereabouts.
Thanks to surveillance video of the area around ‘There Other’ bar in Lexington, police were able to determine that, at some point that night, Savannah left the bar with three men.
“We’ve identified the three men she was last seen with, but we haven’t released their names,” Richardson said.
Richardson went on to say that two of the men police interviewed were in the car when Savannah Facetimed her mom, and the third was in a separate vehicle but heading to the same bar.
Investigators refuse to reveal details of those interviews, but continue to implore the public for help and emphasize that finding Savannah remains a “top priority.”
Meanwhile, Ellen is struggling to keep going in the face of the devastating turn of events in her life.
“She has four babies that she loves and adores. She knows people care for her and love her,” Ellen said. “She is a very, very loving mom. Very responsible. She loves these kids.”
“I just have to hold on to the hope because if I don’t, I’ll fold.”
Savannah Spurlock is described as being 5-foot tall and weighing about 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Savannah has multiple tattoos, including a rose on her left shoulder, the phrase “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” on her right torso, and the phrase “I’m her daughter” on her back.
"She was last seen wearing a black sleeveless top and a maroon skirt and heels. If you have any information related to Savannah’s disappearance, please contact the Richmond Police Department at 859-624-4776 or email information to firstname.lastname@example.org."