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Who was Eliza Fletcher and what happened to her?

A body found in Memphis has been identified as teacher Eliza Fletcher, who was abducted while jogging. A suspect Cleotha Abston is due in court today.



Fletcher was well-known in her community for her roles as a teacher, an ardent athlete, a leader in the congregation of her church, a devoted wife, and a nurturing mother.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports science from Baylor University, she went on to get a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Belmont University.

After that, in April 2014, she tied the knot with Ritchie Fletcher, who would later become her husband, and the couple had two kids.

What really happened with Eliza Fletcher?

In September 2022, Fletcher made headlines when she was abducted while out for a morning run on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Fletcher, a billionaire heiress to a hardware empire, was caught on disturbing surveillance film running minutes before she was pushed into a dark-colored SUV. The footage was obtained by a security camera.

Rapidly, a search operation was initiated, to which the FBI and TBI eventually contributed their assistance.


On the other hand, on September 5, the authorities in South Memphis discovered a dead body near the intersection of Victor Street and Person Avenue.

It has been determined that the remains belong to Fletcher.

Who was responsible for Eliza Fletcher’s disappearance?

The police made an arrest on a suspect who they believe is connected to the case one day after it was announced that Fletcher was missing.

Cleotha Abston, 38 years old, was taken into custody on September 3, and she was accused with exceptionally serious kidnapping as well as tampering with evidence.


After the kidnapping, it was stated that Abston was observed using a floor cleaner to clean the interior of his GMC Terrain, which was being investigated as a “vehicle of interest.”

After the incident, his brother Mario Abston and another witness both informed the police that they saw him “washing his clothing in the sink of the house.”

His brother continued by saying that he had been behaving in a “weird” manner.

Additionally, this is not the first time that he has been implicated in a crime of this nature.

It was previously reported to FOX3 by the Memphis Police Department that he was sentenced to twenty years in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping of attorney Kemper Durand on May 25, 2000.


It is not known at this point whether or not Abston kidnapped Fletcher; nevertheless, he is expected to show up in court within the next few days.

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