• Sydney Sutherland went missing while she was out for a jog last week
  • After searching for two days, police found the body of the 25-year-old
  • Authorities said the suspect admitted to raping and killing the woman before burying her

The man accused of killing a 25-year-old Arkansas woman, who disappeared last week while out for a jog, allegedly knew her, authorities said. New details emerged as police continued to investigate the death of Sydney Sutherland.

According to police, the man accused of killing Sutherland was "familiar" with the woman, and he even joined a Facebook group dedicated to finding her. Quake Lewellyn, 28, was arrested Friday evening and was accused of raping, killing and burying the body of the young woman. Lewellyn, a farmer, was detained within hours of the discovery of Sutherland's remains, not far from her home in Jackson County.

An Arkansas State Police investigator told the court Lewellyn had admitted to abducting and sexually assaulting Sutherland before killing her, local media reports said. He is being held without bond, and it was unclear Monday who his lawyer is. He is set to appear in court again Oct. 1.

Another official told the court that Lewellyn allegedly turned his truck around after spotting Sutherland when she was out jogging. He then forced her into the vehicle and drove to a farm about three miles away, KATV reported. Her mobile phone was found near where her body was buried.

Police have also not revealed the location of the discovery of her body.

Sutherland, who lived with her boyfriend, was reported missing after she did not return home from her jog last week. Sutherland was described as 5’3, with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was wearing a white tank top and black shorts at the time of her disappearance.

During the search for the 25-year-old, her friends and family said she was loved by all.

“Everybody obviously loves her and you can tell by all the people out here looking for her,” her friend Savanna Reynolds told local media KARK at the time. “We won’t ever stop searching.”

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