Search for Memphis Mom of Two Abducted While on a Run Has Come to an End

Breaking news surfaced on September 6, four days after Memphis mom and school teacher, Eliza Fletcher was abducted during her usual early morning run on September 2.

As reports revealed, Fletcher was an avid runner. It was something she did regularly, running was part of her identity. Running was something she was good at.

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Search for Memphis Mom of Two Abducted While on a Run Has Come to an End

After leaving her home on September 2, Fletcher was captured on street cameras running in purple shorts and a pink top. Then tragedy struck.

According to Fox 13, during her Friday morning jog Fletcher was targeted, attacked, and forced into an unknown vehicle, surveillance footage showed. Now, as the search for the beloved 34-year-old mom of two comes to an end, Memphis police have confirmed that the body that was discovered during their search for Fletcher on Monday night is that of Eliza Fletcher.

MPD’s only suspect, Cleotha Abston is now facing charges of first-degree murder and first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnapping. In his first court appearance, Abston, 38, told the court he can’t afford the $500,000 bond, nor can he afford an attorney.

Fletcher’s body was discovered within walking distance of Longview Gardens apartments, FOX 13 reports, where Abston was reportedly seen cleaning a GMC Terrain just hours after Fletcher was forced into a vehicle and kidnapped. This was 7.5 miles from where the abduction took place.

Authorities say the Terrain was the same vehicle Fletcher was forced into. After being arrested on September 4, Abston refused to give authorities Fletcher’s location.

Reports say authorities investigated Abston as a suspect after a pair of sandals were found near Fletcher’s water bottle and phone. DNA on the sandals matched Abston. He was also seen wearing those same exact sandals the night before Fletcher was abducted. 

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This isn’t the first time Abston faced jail time for aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced to 24 years in June of 2000, FOX 13 reports. He became eligible for release after 85 percent of his sentence was served.

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