Body of missing jogger Eliza Fletcher identified

Steve Mulroy, the district attorney for Shelby County, stated that he thinks the abduction was “an isolated attack by a stranger.”

Eliza Fletcher, 34, was kidnapped while out for a run on Friday morning, and her body was discovered during the investigation into her disappearance, authorities said Tuesday.

A body was found, according to police in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, just one day after Cleotha Abston was charged.

In relation to Fletcher’s disappearance, Abston, 38, was charged on Sunday with kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Additional charges were brought after her body was located, including first-degree murder and first-degree murder in connection with a kidnapping.

Body of missing jogger Eliza Fletcher identified

He was also accused of theft of property, credit card fraud, and unrelated offenses like identity theft.

He was charged on Tuesday, and the judge set his bond at $510,000. Abston informed the judge that he couldn’t afford legal representation, so a public defender was chosen for him. He is expected to show up in court on Wednesday to be charged with murder.

Police announced at a press conference on Tuesday that Fletcher’s body was discovered just after 5 p.m. on Monday in a vacant duplex apartment on Victor Street.

Steve Mulroy, the district attorney for Shelby County, stated that he thinks the abduction was “an isolated attack by a stranger.”

Fletcher, a mother of two, a kindergarten teacher, and an avid runner was allegedly forced into an SUV at around 4:20 a.m. on Friday by an unknown person.

According to an affidavit attached to a criminal complaint, DNA from a pair of Champion slide sandals found near the scene of her disappearance matched Abston.

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