We’re keeping an eye on some breaking news out of Tennessee. Eliza Fletcher, a missing jogger, was discovered dead in Memphis. On Monday. Memphis police say they found a body near where Fletcher was abducted then; later on Tuesday, the body was identified as Fletcher‘s by investigators. Officers found Fletcher’s body at 5 p.m. in a residential area about five miles from the University of Memphis campus, where she was kidnapped.
According to police, fletcher was kidnapped last week. A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder. He’s also been accused of abduction and evidence tampering.
We are awaiting the formal cause of death, but Memphis police have announced on Twitter that the body of the missing teacher, Eliza Fletcher, 34, has been identified, which breaks her family’s heart. She’s the granddaughter of a prominent Memphis businessman, which is why some people believe she may have been targeted.
Fletcher was the mother of Two Children. Cleotha Abston, 38, has been arrested and is thought to be the guy shown on video struggling with Fletcher and forcing her into his SUV. The suspect has previously served 20 years in prison for another kidnapping.
Abston was arrested on Sunday after DNA recovered on a pair of slides linked him to her; according to the Memphis Police Department, Cleotha Abston is in custody, seemingly talking very little about Eliza Fletcher’s kidnapping, but police have linked him to the crime, stating Abston was driving an SUV spotted in security footage at the crime site.
According to the Memphis Police Department, Abston faces further accusations of first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of abduction.
We genuinely hope that the police and investigators get to the bottom of this so that Ms. Fletcher receives some justice since this is much too horrific.