The search for the missing billionaire heiress and kindergarten teacher Eliza Fletcher came to a tragic conclusion.
The Memphis Police Department confirmed on Twitter Sept. 6 that the body discovered in Memphis on Sept. 5 belongs to Fletcher, who was kidnapped while jogging last week. The cause and manner of death have not been released.
Fletcher, 34, was abducted while running on September 2. Police said at the time that security video showed someone approached the mother-of-two and forced her into a black GMC Terrain.
On September 3, Memphis police announced that a “vehicle of interest” had been located and they had detained its driver for questioning. On the same day, Fletcher’s family members released a statement read by his uncle, Michael Keeneyand announced a return of $50,000 for his safe return.
“Liza touched the hearts of many people,” he said. “The family have met with the police and we have shared with them all the information we know. More than anything, we want to see Liza return home safely.”
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Two days after his abduction, Memphis police announced that Cleotha Abston38, was charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence in connection with her disappearance.
Following the identification of Fletcher’s body, police say additional charges of first degree murder and first degree murder in the commission of a kidnapping have been added against Abston.
During an arraignment on September 6, Abston told the judge he could not afford a lawyer and was named a public defender. A judge has set his bail at $510,000 and he is due in court on September 7 to be arraigned for murder.
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