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Memphis police charge suspect in Eliza Fletcher kidnapping

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WTVF) – A suspect has been charged in the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher.

Memphis police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began searching for Fletcher on Friday, Sept. 2, after she was forced into an SUV while jogging.

Memphis police tweeted that officials located a vehicle of interest and a driver who was occupying the vehicle around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3.

Memphis police sent an update saying the man who was arrested Saturday afternoon has been charged in connection with Fletcher’s kidnapping. Cleotha Abston, 38, has been charged with particularly aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

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Eliza Fletcher has not been located since Abston’s arrest. Memphis Police Department investigators and federal officials are continuing their search to locate Fletcher.

Police say a second individual, believed to be unrelated to Fletcher’s abduction, has been taken into custody pending the investigation.

Mario Abston, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell heroin and a convicted felon in possession of a gun while committing a dangerous crime.

The investigation is ongoing and NewsChannel 5 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.