By Ankita Sautya
Published: Sep. 6, 2022.
On Friday, September 2, Eliza Fletcher, a teacher of a kindergarten school, was abducted. At around 4:30 am that day, she was last seen jogging near the University of Memphis campus.
According to police, a 34-year-old Eliza was forced into a dark-colored S.U.V. She is married and a mother of two children. Video surveillance shows a man get out of the S.U.V. As Mrs. Fletcher passed, he ran towards her and forced her into the passenger side of the car.
On Sunday, suspect Cleotha Abston was arrested on the charge of her kidnapping. And the next day of his arrest, on Monday afternoon, September 5, Eliza’s body was found in a dumpster in South Memphis.
Now, police have charged Abston in a murder case and others. Abston is a criminal who was recently released from jail. In 2001, Abston was convicted of kidnapping a defense attorney of Memphis. He stuffed the attorney in a trunk for two hours.
At around 6:45 AM, Friday, a man while biking in the area of her kidnapping, found the cellphone of Fletcher. He also found a pair of shoes which he turned over to the police.
By DNA testing on Abston, the shoes were proved to belong to him. Even in video footage, Abston was found to wear the shoes.
According to police, Mrs. Fletcher suffered from serious injuries that left evidence, e.g., blood, in the vehicle in which she was kidnapped.