Police confirm body found is kidnapped Tennessee teacher, jogger

Police officials say they will now charge defendant with first-degree murder.
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Tennessee teacher Eliza Fletcher
Tennessee teacher Eliza Fletcher
Memphis Police Department

Police in Tennessee confirmed Tuesday the body found over the weekend is that of teacher Eliza Fletcher, who went missing days earlier on a morning run.

The Memphis police department on Sunday said it had charged Cleotha Abston, 38, with evidence tampering and aggravated kidnapping in connection with Fletcher's disappearance early Friday morning. 

A judge on Tuesday, in a televised court proceeding, held Abston without bond.

Police say Abston could now face first-degree murder charges.

Police found a body on Monday in the area in which the 34-year-old Fletcher, a billionaire heiress, went missing but waited to announce the name of the victim.

Fletcher, the granddaughter of a late billionaire, leaves behind her husband and two young boys.