Sydney Sutherland: Missing Arkansas Woman Found Dead, Suspect Arrested

Sydney Sutherland

Jackson County Emergency Management/Facebook Sydney Sutherland.

Sydney Sutherland is a 25-year-old Arkansas resident who went missing on August 19 while jogging.

Sutherland’s body was discovered by authorities on August 21, according to her boyfriend’s parents’ Facebook post, Region 8 News reported.

“We did discover the body of a female believed to be Sydney,” the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a news release, indicating that it has a suspect in custody.

Quake Lewellyn of Jonesboro was accused that evening of a capital murder charge in connection with the jogger’s death, KARK 4 News reported.

The 28-year-old “confessed to investigators,” according to Fox16.com and KATV.

Police have not officially identified Lewellyn as the suspect in custody, but his name and the murder charges against him can be seen in jail records.

Jackson County authorities announced on August 20 Sutherland’s disappearance, stating she was last seen running near Highway 18 “between Newport and Grubbs” around 2:30 in the afternoon.

Sutherland, sporting blonde hair and brown eyes, stood at 5’3″ tall and weighed 103 lbs., according to the Jackson County Emergency Management’s Facebook page.

County officials were accompanied in their search by volunteers, Arkansas Department of Corrections search dogs and a helicopter from the Arkansas State Police, KATV reported.

Sutherland’s body is now at the Arkansas Crime Lab while an investigation is underway, authorities said in a news conference.

Heavy has reached out to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting a response.

Here’s what you need to know about Sydney Sutherland’s disappearance:


1. A UPS Driver Confirmed Sutherland’s Sighting Near County Road 41 on Wednesday Afternoon

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Sutherland went to a gym on Wednesday in the city of Jonesboro, Fox16.com reported, citing officials.

Investigators set out to study the facility’s surveillance video for possible clues, the outlet added.

A UPS driver also confirmed to authorities that she saw Sutherland jogging near County Road 41 on the evening of August 19, Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said during a Thursday press conference, according to WMC-TV.


2. AT&T Received Several Pings from Sutherland’s Phone in That Area

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The sheriff’s office disclosed that AT&T received several pings from Sutherland’s phone in the area of her sighting, Fox16.com reported. Lucas said the 25-year-old had her phone and Apple Watch with her, the outlet added.

Law enforcement was working toward utilizing potential information from the watch, Fox16.com continued.

Between Sutherland’s sighting and location pings, investigators focused their search on the loop area that she “normally walked” between County Road 41, 42, 43 and Highway 18, WMC-TV said.


3. Law Enforcement Found Sutherland’s Phone Roughly a Quarter-Mile From her Home

Authorities located Sutherland’s cell-phone, WMC-TV reported.

They discovered the cellular device about a quarter-mile from her home and Highway 67, the station added.


4. Sutherland Lived on Highway 18 & Frequently Jogged in the Area, Deputies Say

Sutherland lived with her boyfriend on Highway 18, between Newport and Grubbs, Lucas indicated to Fox16.com.

The sheriff disclosed that there were no signs pointing to any issues between the couple, the outlet reported.

Sutherland, who was also a nurse, took frequent walks or jogs in the area, according to Fox16.com and the 25-year-old’s Facebook page.


5.The Sheriff’s Office is Warning Against Social Media Rumors Involving a Texas Truck & Two Men

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Lucas recently denounced an apparent social media rumor involving Sutherland’s disappearance and two men in a Texas truck, Fox16.com reported.

The sheriff warned that the information did not stem from law enforcement, the outlet said.

Investigators have been in contact with Sutherland’s family, Fox16.com disclosed.

A woman named Summer Sutherland has also been active about the 25-year-old’s disappearance on Facebook.

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