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Abducted Tennessee woman’s body found

Memphis Police Department
Memphis Police Department


The body of an elementary school teacher who was forced into an SUV while jogging on Friday has been found.

34-year-old Eliza “Liza” Fletcher was located on Monday in the Tennessee city. 

Authorities say Fletcher was last seen alive jogging in a neighborhood near the University of Memphis around 4:30 a.m. 

Fletcher’s husband contacted the police when she did not return home from her jog. 

Authorities later found Fletcher’s phone and water bottle on her route but Fletcher was nowhere to be found. 

They then found surveillance video showing a man in an SUV violently forcing her into his vehicle and driving off. 

During their investigation, authorities found a sandal in the area where Fletcher was kidnapped, which they later learned belonged to 38-year-old Cleotha Abston. 

Officials also found cellphone records that put Abston in the area where Fletcher was kidnapped and found that Abston lived in a home with a woman who owned a dark-colored SUV seen on surveillance.

Fletcher’s employer confirmed that Fletcher drives the vehicle to work and video from a movie theater in the area confirmed the sandal belonged to Fletcher.   

He was initially charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence but his charges have been upgraded since Fletcher’s body has been found. 

Tennesse woman missing after being forced into SUV