a body discovered at the place of his disappearance

a body discovered at the place of his disappearance

A body was discovered in Tennessee on Monday, in the area where Eliza Fletcher was abducted while jogging on Friday.

Eliza Fletcher’s body may have been found. Memphis police said on Monday a dead body was discovered near the location where the 34-year-old was abducted on Friday. The identification has not yet been confirmed but the authorities believe that it could indeed be the victim whose causes of death also remain to be established. The married teacher and mother of two boys was kidnapped while jogging around 4 a.m. The scene was captured by CCTV cameras. CNN explains that we see the suspect forcibly put the young woman in a car, before staying about 4 minutes in a parking lot and then fleeing. He was arrested and charged on Sunday.

Cleotha Abston is not unknown to justice. Now 38, he has in the past been accused of rape when he was just 12 years old. He had also been sentenced to 24 years in prison for acts similar to those which occurred last week, namely a violent kidnapping, reports the “New York Post“. These facts took place in 2000, he was then 16 years old. Kemper Durand, his victim at the time, was a lawyer. He survived this attack but died in 2013.

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His former firm said that during his abduction he was threatened with a gun in the face. He was then forced to give his car keys to his executioner and enter the trunk. “For the next few hours, Kemper was trapped in the cold darkness of the trunk of his car,” reads the firm’s text, published as part of his obituary. “From time to time the car would stop. The men opened the safe, took Kemper out, made him withdraw money from an ATM”. It was only after several hours that the men who held him captive fled, after the victim called for help in the street and extricated himself from their claws.

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Motive yet to be determined

When he was still alive, Kemper Durand had fought to demand that Cloetha Abston do his entire sentence, when he wanted to be released on parole. “It is obvious that I would have been killed if I had not managed to escape”, he had described a few years ago. Cloetha Abston was eventually released in 2020.

Cleotha Abston has been arrested for the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher in the United States.

Cleotha Abston has been arrested for the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher in the United States.

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As with Kemper Durand, was Cleotha Abston also interested in Eliza Fletcher’s money? The 30-year-old comes from a very wealthy family in Tennessee. His grandfather, Joseph “Joe” Orgill III, ran the company that bears his name, Orgill Inc., which specialized in hardware supplies and currently employs more than 5,500 people. “Forbes” ranked Orgill, founded in 1847, as the 143rd largest private company in the country in 2021, generating $3.2 billion in revenue that year. His grandfather, who died in 2018, was also well known in the region for his philanthropy.

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But the exact motives for the crime are still to be determined. The suspect refuses to cooperate with the police, not explaining his act and remaining silent on the place where the young woman could be, before the possible corpse is located. His bail was set at $500,000.

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