Woman who found body turns out to be suspect

by: Alison Grande Updated:

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KENMORE, Wash. —

A woman who said she was walking her dog in Kenmore when she found the body of a man killed in a fatal hit-and-run is the same woman suspected of hitting the man with her truck, police said.

According to investigators the 24-year-old Kenmore woman, Sydney Jones, later turned herself in to authorities Monday afternoon after the early morning crash that killed 31-year-old  J.D. Humphreys as he walked home to his parent's house.

Tuesday night Jones posted bond and walked out of the King County Jail.  She’d waved a court appearance earlier in the day, but her parents were there. So were the parents of Humphreys.  The prosecutor argued Jones is a flight risk. Her defense attorney said she lives with her parents and has a 16 month-old baby. He also said she’s a recovering heroin addict who suffers from depression.

Her boyfriend and mom were with her when she left the jail Tuesday night.

KIRO-7 asked her if she had anything to say, her boyfriend answered, “No, not now. Thanks.”  When asked if she was sorry about what happened Jones replied, “Of course I’m sorry.”

She covered her face with her sweatshirt and walked away.

Police said Jones fled the scene Monday after hitting Humphreys. 

They say  Jones initially told police she found Humphreys’ body on the side of the road in the 18400 block of 62nd Avenue Northeast about 1:30 a.m. Monday while she was walking her dog.

Officers immediately matched a broken headlight found at the scene to a Ford F-150 truck, the same kind of truck they seized from a home just two blocks from the crash.

Jones came to the Kenmore City Hall at 2 p.m. Monday and said she was the driver that hit and killed Humphreys, police documents said.

The damage on her truck matches what police found at the crash scene, a probable cause statement said.

Her bail was set at $25,000.

At the end of the court hearing, Humphrey’s dad leaned over and comforted Jones’ parents.

Jones posted bond Tuesday night. She’s required to sign up for electronic home monitoring within 24 hours.

She’ll be back in court on Thursday afternoon