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Body of missing jogger Eliza Fletcher identified

A physique discovered within the investigation into the disappearance of Eliza Fletcher, the 34-year-old girl who was kidnapped throughout a run on Friday morning, has been confirmed because the lacking jogger, authorities said Tuesday.

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, introduced Monday {that a} physique had been found in the future after costs have been introduced towards a person within the alleged kidnapping case.

On Sunday, Memphis police introduced that Cleotha Abston, 38, was charged with kidnapping and tampering with proof in reference to Fletcher’s disappearance.

Following identification of her physique, police mentioned additional charges have been added towards Abston for first-degree homicide and first-degree homicide within the perpetration of kidnapping. 

A trigger and method of dying has not been launched.

Police have mentioned that round 4:20 a.m. Friday, an individual approached Fletcher and compelled her right into a darkish sport-utility car.

A pair of Champion slide sandals recovered from the realm the place Fletcher disappeared contained DNA matching Abston, in keeping with an affidavit connected to a legal grievance.

Safety video from the scene confirmed “a black GMC Terrain passing after which ready for the sufferer to run by,” in keeping with the doc. A male then exited the automotive, ran towards Fletcher and compelled her into the passenger’s seat, it mentioned.

“Throughout this abduction, there gave the impression to be a wrestle,” the doc mentioned. “The Champion slides sandals have been discovered on this space. The car then sat within the parking zone with the sufferer inside for about 4 minutes earlier than it drove off.”

Mobile information obtained by investigators are alleged to have decided that Abston’s cellphone was close to the positioning the place Fletcher was pressured into the car.

Officers arrested Abston on Saturday after discovering the GMC Terrain with an identical license plate quantity in a parking zone by Abston’s residence, the affidavit mentioned.

Mario Abston, 36, Cleotha Abston’s brother, was additionally arrested, however he’s not believed to be related to Fletcher’s abduction, authorities mentioned. He was charged with drug and firearms offenses, police tweeted.

Phil Helsel, Kurt Chirbas, Hyder Abbasi, Nicole Duarte and Mirna Alsharif contributed.

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