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Medical examiner: Sydney Sutherland died of blunt force trauma

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Sydney Sutherland (Photo: Jackson County sheriff's office)

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The state medical examiner has found 25-year-old Sydney Sutherland's cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries.

Sutherland was found dead near her home in Newport last month days after she went missing while jogging. The Jackson County Sheriff said Thursday the full autopsy report has not been completed and there will be no more updates until it is.

Quake Lewellyn, 28, is facing Capitol Murder charges for the killing.

Arkansas State Police special agent Mike McNeill said during a probable cause hearing last month that Lewellyn saw Sutherland walking on County Road 41, turned his truck around and forced Sutherland into the back of the vehicle. McNeill said Lewellyn drove about three miles to a farm where he raped Sutherland, killed her and buried the body.

The medical examiner said the manner of death is considered a homicide.

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