BUT body the police said Tuesday. Eliza Fletcher, 34, was spotted on security camera video being driven into an SUV as she ran outside the university. of Memphis early Friday morning.On Monday, she was confirmed to be a Tennessee woman. who was kidnapped late last a week,
Suspect arrested in case, 38-year-Old Cleota Abston is accused with first-degree murder as well as first-degree murder in a crime of kidnapping, police said. This was reported to reporters by Memphis Police Chief Serelyn Davis. possible others will be charged in case, but how of no tuesday morning one there is also.
Abston didn’t provide much information investigators, Davis said. “We keep working with this suspect,” she said.
It’s still early, according to the boss. for investigators to determine how and where Fletcher died. Her body was found behind free duplex, Davis said.
Police testimony says officers noticed vehicle tracks next to the driveway of the duplex and smelled it. Purple Running Shorts with shorts Fletcher was wearing we found in a discarded trash bag nearby, the affidavit says.
Stephen Mulroy, District Attorney for Shelby County, which includes Memphis, said Abston will be sued. on in murder allegations on Wednesday.
“We do not have reason think it was something other than isolated attack stranger,” Mulroy told reporters.
Abston appeared before a judge earlier on Tuesday on accusations offalsification with proof, theftpersonality theft and fraudulent use of credit card. Native of Fletcher and more than 20 media members were in courtroom.
Abston was issued a $510,000 bond. Abston said he couldn’t afford bail and a lawyer. General Sessions Judge Louis Montesi appointed public quarterback representing Abston.
US marshalsafter the police found his DNA on pair of sandals found near where Fletcher was last seen, according to arrest affidavit.
Cell phone records allegedly linked Abston to area at that time of Kidnapping, according to CBS News correspondent Elise Preston. According to the records, Abston brother told the police that he saw Abston washing the interior of his car with floor cleaner and acting weird.
Police also tied up vehicle they think it was used in kidnapping in home where Abston stayed.
Late Monday Police tweeted what body was found but what personality of that person and that cause of death was not confirmed. Large police presence reported in in area where the authorities reported the discovery body just after 5 p.m., Memphis police searched several locations with dogs, quad bikes and a helicopter during the long Labor Day weekend.
Fletcher, and mother of two and a school teacher, this is the granddaughter of the late Joseph Orgill III, Memphis ironmonger and philanthropist. family offered $50,000 reward for information in a business.
In a statement on Tuesday family said they were “immensely grateful” to the authorities for find Fletcher and for arrest of the suspect.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss.” family said. “Lisa has been such a joy to so many…Now it’s time to remember and celebrate how special she was for support those who cared so much for her.”
Abston had previously kidnapped a prominent Memphis lawyer. in 2000. When he was just 16-year-old Abston stuffed Camper Duran into the trunk of his own car at gunpoint. After a few hours Abston took Duran out and made him drive to a Mapco gas station to pick up money from an ATM.
An armed security guard from the Memphis Housing Authority walked into the station. in and Duran screamed for help. Abston ran away, but was found and arrested. He pleaded guilty in 2001 to aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, according to court records. He got 24-year sentence.
Duran, in victim’s statement, wrote: “I was extremely lucky what I could escape out of custody of Cleota Abston. … It is likely that I would have been killed if I had not escaped, ”the Commercial Appeal reported.
Duran died in 2013, seven years before Abston’s release. in November 2020, aged 36 In the two years following his release, no documented charges were filed. against Abston in Shelby County until his arrest Saturday, the Commercial Appeal reports.
During a press conference on Tuesday morning, Mulroy appeared to be referring to criminal history, saying: “Every kind of violence, of Of course, this is unacceptable, but violent repeat offenders especially deserve a tough response, and that is what they will get from this district attorney. office.”