NEWPORT — Details emerge as the Jonesboro man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Sydney Sutherland was formally charged in court.
Sutherland, 25, of Tuckerman, was reported missing and was last seen on Aug. 19 jogging along Arkansas 18 between Newport and Grubbs, according to previous Sun reporting. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, U.S. Marshals, area law enforcement and 200 volunteers searched the area for Sutherland.
As previously reported, several Craighead County Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the western-most part of the county searching for Sutherland. Jonesboro Police Department detectives were also called to find surveillance footage of Sutherland leaving a local gym.
Her body was found two days later.
Quake Lewellyn, 28, told state agents that he saw Sutherland running on Jackson 41 South, according to the probable cause affidavit. Lewellyn was arrested and detained at the Jackson County Detention Center after his interview with ASP investigators.
“Lewellyn stated that he struck Sutherland with his vehicle. … He then loaded Sutherland up into his pickup and transported her,” it read.
A search of the suspect’s phone uncovered that Lewellyn was nearly 2.4 miles from the field Sutherland’s iPhone was found, the affidavit states. The victim’s body was found a few yards from that location.
“Lewellyn then stated that he then took off her shorts, raped Sutherland, then buried her at that location,” ASP Agent Creston Hutton wrote.
Third Judicial District prosecutors filed formal charges Thursday of kidnapping, rape, capital murder and abuse of a corpse against Lewellyn in Jackson County Circuit Court. Records show that his trial has not been set yet.