Report: Uncle accused of murdering pregnant Jacksonville teen planned to run away with her

The uncle of slain teen Iyana Sawyer confessed to her murder after learning she was pregnant.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax has obtained new evidence in the case of a local man accused of killing his pregnant teenage niece.

Investigators say Johnathan Quiles had plans to run away with 16-year-old Iyana Sawyer. Investigators also say Quiles also confessed to murdering her.

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In hundreds of pages of newly released documents, Action News Jax reporter Christy Turner found that Quiles told his brother that he shot and killed the teenager and dumped her body into a dumpster.


The disturbing new details shed light on the investigation as prosecutors build their case.

Dozens of files detailing disturbing evidence in the murder of Iyana and her unborn child were released Friday to Action News Jax.

The files include a confession from Quiles. The document says Quiles told his brother he killed Iyana at his workplace, then dumped her body into a dumpster that was taken to the landfill the same day.

In January 2019, Sky Action News Jax flew over the Ace Pick A Part on Main Street as detectives searched an SUV.

The teen was last seen leaving her school, Terry Parker High School, in December 2018.

A newly released 911 call shows family members had a bad feeling from the beginning.

“This is out of character for her. And for me to call you all … something is wrong … something is definitely wrong,” the caller says.

The new evidence also includes photos showing the landfill investigators scoured for clues into the teen’s disappearance.

Sky Action News Jax flew above the landfill as crews searched through 300 tons of trash debris. The report says they found a textbook from the teen’s school.

Her body still hasn’t been found. The state is seeking the death penalty in the case.