Disturbing new details have emerged after a woman was found raped and buried following her disappearance while jogging.
Her body was found two days after she went missing, which led to 28-year-old farmer Quake Lewellyn being charged with capital murder, rape and kidnapping.
New details from a probable cause affidavit obtained by US newspaper Arkansas Democrat Gazette now suggest Lewellyn allegedly hit the jogger with his truck after he saw her running more than 1.5 kilometres from her home.
According to the affidavit, Lewellyn admitted to police he rammed her with the pickup truck before allegedly hauling her into the vehicle and driving her to a remote location where he raped and buried her.
Another alarming development in the case suggested after her body was found Lewellyn also joined a Facebook group set up to help find her after she went missing.
Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said after Lewellyn’s arrest Ms Sutherland had known the accused.
According to the affidavit, Ms Sutherland’s phone was found almost four kilometres from where her body was discovered.
Police seized Lewellyn’s phone and were able to determine he had been in the area where Ms Sutherland was buried, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
There were no further details on what led police to seize the accused’s phone.
The discovery of Ms Sutherland’s body back in August shocked the tight-knit community who gathered in droves to search for the young nurse.
“It’s taken a toll, it really has. Just because I know the people of this county. I know this family personally. I know this young lady personally. I’ve known her and watched her grow up. It hits me personally,” Sheriff Lucas told reporters at the time.
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