Tennessee teacher Eliza Fletcher’s abductor charged with murder


The body of 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher, a billionaire heiress, who authorities say was abducted while jogging, was found Monday in South Memphis, Tennessee after a search that ran multiple days long.

Eliza Fletcher was a school teacher in South Memphis. Eliza was jogging on Friday morning when she was kidnapped while on her normal route.

Police say that a surveillance camera captured the same car in the area of the abduction 24 minutes before Fletcher was taken.

This car, a dark-colored SUV, was occupied by her abductor Cleotha Abston, 38 that “ran aggressively” towards Fletcher court documents say.

Her abductor, Cleotha Abston, was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping in connection to her disappearance. Abston faces additional charges of first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnapping, the Memphis Police Department announced Tuesday.

Abston’s arrest on Sunday came after the Memphis Police Department police said DNA found on a pair of Champion slides found in the street were linking him to her.

Police on Monday announced they’d found a body found near the area where Eliza Fletcher disappeared.

Tuesday, police announced the body was identified as Fletcher’s.

Her body was found within five miles of the location she disappeared in.