Man charged in the abduction of Eliza Fletcher in Memphis

Authorities continue to search for missing 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police charged a man in connection with the abduction of Eliza Fletcher, a woman authorities said was kidnapped early Friday morning while out for a jog near the University of Memphis.

Cleotha Abston, 38, is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence, according to a Tweet published Sunday by Memphis Police.

According to police, a second person not believed to be connected to Fletcher’s abduction was also arrested during the investigation. Mario Abston, 36, is facing several charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell fentanyl and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Authorities are still searching for 34-year-old Fletcher.

According to Memphis Police, Fletcher was jogging in the area of Central and Zach Curlin at around 4:30 a.m. Friday when a person approached her and forced her into an SUV. 

University of Memphis police said in a safety alert to students and staff a man had approached her in the middle of Central Ave. and forced her into the vehicle after a brief struggle.

Fletcher is 5’6” tall and weighs 137 pounds with light brown/blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen with her hair in a bun and was wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. Fletcher’s family has posted a $50,000 extra award for information that helps authorities arrest those responsible.

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