Memphis police announced on Tuesday, September, 6 morning that the body of missing Tennessee schoolteacher Eliza Fletcher had been discovered.
Fletcher’s body was discovered on Monday, September 5 about seven miles from where the 34-year-old mother of two was seen being kidnapped on surveillance video.
It was discovered within walking distance of where Fletcher’s alleged kidnapper, 38-year-old Cleotha Abston, was seen cleaning a GMC Terrain hours after he was abducted.
According to police, Abston now faces first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of kidnapping charges.
Fletcher’s cause of death has not been disclosed. Fletcher was forced into a dark-coloured SUV near the University of Memphis around 4:20 a.m. on Friday near Central Avenue and Zach Curlin Street, according to authorities.
According to a press release from the Memphis Police Department, Abston was arrested and initially charged in connection with Fletcher’s disappearance with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence.
Fletcher worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and enjoys running around campus. She is also the granddaughter of late billionaire Memphis hardware magnate Joseph “Joe” Orgill III.
“This remains to be an active and ongoing investigation,” police said in a statement. “We continue to ask for assistance from the community. If anyone has any information concerning this investigation, they should call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.”