Farmer, 28, ‘mowed down jogger Sydney Sutherland, 25, raped her and buried body before joining search party to find her’

by San Eli News

NEW details around the murder of Arkansas jogger Sydney Sutherland reveal that a farmer allegedly hit her with a pickup truck and raped her before burying her – and then joining a search group looking for her.

Quake Lewellyn, 28, told police that he rammed Sydney Sutherland, 25, with his pickup and then drove her to a remote area, according to a probably cause affidavit obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Friday.

There, Lewellyn raped Sutherland and buried her near a rural highway, the affidavit by an Arkansas State Police investigator states.

Sutherland was jogging more than a mile away from her home, on Jackson County Road 41 South.

Investigators found Sutherland after spotting her phone and searching the vicinity, finally finding her body 2.3 miles away.

A local search team was formed to find Sutherland after she vanished on August 19.

His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 29.

Sutherland’s autopsy report on Sept. 11 revealed that she had died of “multiple blunt force injuries.”

The Jackson County Sheriff ruled her death a homicide.

Sutherland was a registered nurse working at a medical center in Newport.

In security camera footage recorded about 90 minutes before her jog and later posted on Facebook, Sutherland did not appear to be in any distress.

Investigators said Sutherland and Lewellyn had crossed paths before, but did not provide details on their relationship in the days following the crime.