The body of a missing jogger Eliza Fletcher recognized
According to authorities, about 4:20 a.m. Friday, a person approached Fletcher, an ardent runner, kindergarten teacher, and mother of two, and forced her into an SUV in Memphis, Tennessee.
Authorities verified Tuesday that a corpse discovered during the investigation into the abduction of Eliza Fletcher, the 34-year-old woman taken Friday morning during a run, was the missing jogger.
A corpse was discovered by Memphis police on Monday, a day after charges were filed against a man in the suspected kidnapping case.
Cleotha Abston, 38, was accused with abduction and tampering with evidence in connection with Fletcher's disappearance on Sunday, according to Memphis police.
Following the identification of the corpse, Abston was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in connection with an abduction. A court ordered him bond at $510,000 in a plea deal on Tuesday.
Because Abston could not afford an attorney, he was appointed a public defender.
According to authorities, about 4:20 a.m. Friday, a suspect approached Fletcher, an ardent runner, kindergarten teacher, and mother of two, and forced her into an SUV.
According to an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint, a pair of Champion sandals with DNA matching Abston's was discovered in the location where Fletcher went missing.
According to the statement, "security video from the location shows a black GMC Terrain driving by and then waiting for the victim to walk past." According to the paper, a male individual then exited the vehicle, raced toward Fletcher, and pushed her into the passenger seat.
"There looked to be a struggle throughout this kidnapping," the statement adds. "This is where the champion's sandals were discovered. The car then remained in the parking lot for almost four minutes with the victim inside before driving away."
The method and cause of death were not revealed.
Investigators collected cell phone data that allegedly proved Abston's mobile phone was near where Fletcher was pushed into the car.
According to the affidavit, officers apprehended Abston on Saturday after discovering the GMC Terrain with the similar license plate in a parking area near Abston's apartment.
Mario Abston, Cleotha Abston's brother, was also detained, although he is not thought to be involved in Fletcher's kidnapping, according to investigators. He was arrested and accused with narcotics and gun charges, police tweeted.