The Memphis Police Department has confirmed that a body found Monday night is that of missing Tennessee wife Eliza Fletcher.
“The deceased victim, found yesterday in the 1600 block of Victor, has been identified as Eliza Fletcher, age 34,” Memphis Police Department said. in a tweet.
Additional charges of first-degree murder and first-degree murder by order of kidnapping were added for Cleotha Abston, 38. -Wide hunt for the mother of two and her attacker.
On Saturday, US Marshals arrested Mr. Abston after DNA evidence on a pair of sandals identified him as the man who, according to a police affidavit, was seen “aggressively” forcing Ms. Fletcher into a vehicle.
The investigation into the abduction of Eliza Fletcher is still active and ongoing. Investigators are continuing the search and following all leads. No arrests have been made relative to this case. If anyone has any information they are asked to call CrimeStoppers @ 901-528-CASH. pic.twitter.com/BebGuPiwZg
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 3, 2022
Mr Abston, who is expected to appear in court on Tuesday on his charges, had previously been charged with particularly aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering and is being held on $500,000 bail.
It was unclear if he had a lawyer or if he had entered a guilty plea and potentially faced higher charges. Mrs. Fletcher’s family had offered $50,000 for her return. She is the granddaughter of the billionaire founder of the Memphis hardware company Orgill.
The cause of death remains unknown
The cause of death in Eliz Fletcher’s case has not been determined, according to a report released Tuesday.
Citing various sources who confirmed the identification of his body, local news outlet Fox13 added that the cause of death was still unknown. Shelby County Police or the coroner have yet to publicly confirm the identification.
The Independent has reached out to the Memphis Police Department for confirmation, while the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s office was unavailable on Tuesday morning.