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Body found during search for missing Memphis jogger, police say



Authorities said that the deceased person's identity had not been confirmed and that they were continuing to investigate

Authorities said that the deceased person's identity had not been confirmed and that they were continuing to investigate


Police confirm finding a body while searching for the body of Eliza Fletcher, 34, who was abducted while jogging Friday.

The body and cause of death has not been identified, police confirmed Monday.

Police confirm that they found a body while searching for the body of Eliza Fletcher, 34, who was abducted while jogging Friday.

Fletcher, 34, was abducted during a run Friday morning, police confirm.

Memphis police arrested and charged Cleotha Abston, 38, with kidnapping and tampering with evidence in connection with Fletcher's disappearance.

Memphis police arrested and charged Cleotha Abston, 38, with kidnapping and tampering with evidence in connection with Fletcher's disappearance

Fletcher was last seen jogging in a pink top and purple shorts early Friday morning at about 4:20 a.m. near the University of Memphis campus in southwest Tennessee. Surveillance video showed her being forced into a black GMC Terrain SUV, according to an affidavit made public Sunday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Champion sandals were recovered from the area where Fletcher disappeared with DNA matching that of Abston, according to an affidavit attached to a criminal complaint.

Eliza Fletcher is a kindergarten teacher, who goes by Liza, and is a granddaughter of the late billionaire Joseph Orgill III.

Abston has been charged with “especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence,” police confirm. Abston was “behaving oddly” and “cleaning the interior of the GMC Terrain with floor cleaner,” the affidavit states, citing statements from a witness and Abston’s brother.

Abston was found on Saturday evening outside his last known address where he tried to flee but was caught by U.S. Marshals.

Abston refused to tell investigators anything about Fletcher’s whereabouts, according to the affidavit.

Fletcher's family has offered a $50,000 reward for tips leading to her whereabouts.