Frantic Grandmother Begs for Return of Missing Daughter and Mother of 4

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Text and video chat are awesome ways to keep tabs on people who are not in your direct vicinity. These advancements have given reassurance to parents who fret about their kids’ whereabouts, since they can check in with a few taps and hear from their child within moments.

Technology has also been the source of great misery, too, when someone doesn’t respond to you immediately. As time passes and your message or request goes unanswered, you start to imagine all the horrible things that must have happened to the person on the other end for them not to have been able to message you back.

Savannah Spurlock, 22, had her phone on her, and even checked in with her mom through video the morning she disappeared. It was around 3 a.m. on Jan. 4 that she last had contact with her family, and she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Since her disappearance, family and friends have been reaching out for any clue, any sighting, any tip-off to where Spurlock could be. She was last seen leaving a popular bar with some men, which has spurred some very negative and unhelpful comments on the pages dedicated to helping bring her home.

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“Just wanted to give a public update on Savannah,” Sabrina Speratos, who calls Spurlock her best friend, posted on Facebook on Jan. 14. “It is day 10, and we still haven’t heard from her. Police are working hard to solve the case, and find her.”

“We know she was last in Lancaster area with the men from the footage… but they claim they don’t know where she is, or who she may have left with early Friday morning. I know everyone wants answers, and new leads. But as of now… we can only continue to do our searches and pray.”

“I will continue to update everyone as I get more information. Thank you everyone for all the continuous love and support. Thank you also, to those family, friends, and strangers of our community that reached out to help search this past Sunday. We still have hope, and we will NOT stop searching nor praying until she is home.”

“Everyone enjoy your week,” she concluded, “and keep us in your prayers.” Speratos has posted regularly throughout Spurlock’s disappearance, keeping people posted on the most recent developments.

Ellen Spurlock, Savannah’s mother, just wants her girl home. Ellen is grandmother to Savannah’s four children, who are currently being cared for by relatives, and longs for the safe return of their mother and her daughter.

“She was in a car with a gentleman driving and at least two other people in the back, because they were hollering at me,” the concerned mother and grandmother told Inside Edition. “She proceeded to tell me she was fine. She was in Lexington with some friends who I did not recognize and she promised me she would home later that morning.”

“Please, I am begging you, please, please, let her go,” Ellen said.

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“It’s been three weeks today, 21 days,” she told WKYT. “And, it just gets harder and harder today to keep that hope.”

“Somebody knows something and I want that person to think about what they are doing to all these people who are devastated by Savannah’s disappearance. She has four babies that need her, that want her home.”

There’s only one thing that’s helping her keep pressing forward in this dark time: “I’m still holding onto hope,” she said. “I have great faith.”

If you have any information on Savannah’s disappearance, contact the Richmond Police Department at 859-624-4776 or

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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