A body was found in Tennessee Monday amid a search for a missing Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher, cops said. 

The Memphis Police Department said that a “deceased party” was discovered in the area where the woman went missing at about 8 p.m. The identification of the body was not immediately confirmed.

Fletcher, 34, vanished Friday after being violently abducted during her early-morning jog.

Cleotha Abston was charged Sunday with especially aggravated kidnapping in her snatching. His motive for kidnapping the mom of two remains unclear.

Fletcher was abducted during her morning jog last week in Memphis.
Fletcher was abducted during her morning jog last week in Memphis.
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Cleotha Abston has been arrested in connection to the abduction.
Cleotha Abston has been arrested in connection to the abduction.
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The motive for the kidnapping of the mother-of-two remains unclear
The motive for the kidnapping of the mother-of-two remains unclear
Courtesy of Memphis Police Department via AP

Fletcher, who comes from a pedigreed Tennessee family that founded a $3.2 billion private hardware company, was allegedly abducted by Abston around 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Tennessee authorities obtained surveillance footage of the kidnapping, which appeared to show Abston running “aggressively toward the victim, and then [forcing] the victim Eliza Fletcher into the passenger’s side of the vehicle,” according to a police affidavit which also said, “there appeared to be a struggle.”

Police described Fletcher’s abduction as “violent” and said it is believed that she “suffered serious injury.”

“Further, it is probable and apparent from witness statements that these injuries left evidence of blood in the car the defendant cleaned,” it continued.

Police said the abduction was violent and it appears she "suffered serious injury.”
Police said the abduction was violent and it appears she “suffered serious injury.”
Instagram/Liza Fletcher

Abston was arrested but authorities said he refused to tell them Fletcher’s location. He was busted after a good Samaritan found sandals at the scene of the crime with DNA linking him to the alleged kidnapping. 

Neighbors described Abston as a “creep” and “pervert” who constantly tried to pay women for sex, according to a report.

Fletcher was a married mom of two young boys and an elementary school teacher.



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