Sandal DNA found in in street next to the site of Eliza Fletcher’s disappearance prompts police to charge suspect in connection with her disappearance on Friday when she was running near the university of Memphis in Tennessee, police said Sunday.
Cleote Abston, 38, “charged with especially aggravating theft and falsification with evidence,” the Memphis police said. in statement.
Fletcher, 34 who disappeared on 4 a.m run”The whereabouts have not been established at this time,” the police said.
Pair of Champion flip-flop sandals, recovered from area where Fletcher disappeared had DNA matching this of Abston, according to an affidavit obtained by NBC News. Fletcher’s phone was found with sandals.
Video from the scene showed ” black GMC Terrain passes and then waits for victim run past,” according to the document. The man then got out of the car aggressively ran up to Fletcher and forced her into the passenger seat.
“During this kidnapping, apparently, struggle- said in the document. – Champion flip flops were found in this is area. vehicle then sat down in parking space with victim inside for about four minutes before he left off.”
According to cell records obtained by investigators, Abston’s cell phone was near the site when Fletcher was herded into jail. car.
The officers arrested Abston on Saturday after they found GMC Landscape with corresponding license plate in car park outside Abston’s house, the affidavit says. Abston tried to flee but was eventually taken into custody.
Mario Abston, 36 years old, Cleota Abston brother also arrested, but authorities do not believe he was involved in Fletcher’s kidnapping. He was charged with drug and firearms crimes, police tweeted.
The police said that Abston declined tell investigators if he knew where Fletcher was.
Investigators said they believed Fletcher was “severely injured”. injury” because of cruel nature of kidnapping and what is based on witness statements, bodily injury left proof, like blood, in Abston car.
Abston will be charged via videotape at 9am Tuesday.
Investigators continue to search for Fletcher, kindergarten teacher and mother of two, the police said in a statement.
“This remains to be active and an ongoing investigation,” the statement said.
In an earlier statement, police said that Fletcher’s personal information items was restored. At the time of the abduction, she was wearing purple sports shorts and a pink top.
“Lisa touched the hearts of a lot of people”said Michael Keaney, Fletcher’s uncle. in statement on Saturday on on behalf of of the family celebrating the outpouring of support and benevolence for Fletcher, avid runner.
“Most of all we want see lisa come back home safe,” he said.
family set up $50,000 reward for information leading to her safe return, NBC affiliate WMC of Memphis reports.
AMENDMENT (September 4, 2022 7:52 pm ET): headline on previous version of this is the article incorrectly cited the source of DNA that led the police to arrest. DNA belonged to a man who was arrested, authorities said, not a kidnapping victim.