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The body of Tennessee teacher Elisa Fletcher is found days after she was kidnapped – The Hourly News

Tragedy struck a teacher from Tennessee.

Elisa Fletcher Was outside for a jog on a Friday morning around 4:20 a.m. near University of Memphis At the intersection of Central Avenue and Zack H Street. Kerlin, when a dark-colored GMC Terrain stops next to her. A man then got out of the SUV and “run hard towards the victim, then forced the victim Elisa Fletcher onto the passenger side of the vehicle,” according to a police statement. The document noted that “there was an apparent conflict”, and the car remained in place for about four minutes after the hijack before takeoff.


After investigating the event, Memphis Police Department Discover a pair of Champion slide sandals and a Fletcher cell phone on a street near the location of the disappearance. DNA testing was performed on the sandals resulting in a match with Cleota Upstone, a man believed to have been cleaning a GMC Terrain a few hours before the kidnapping, according to police. The 38-year-old was then arrested and initially charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence. However, the confirmation that was confirmed on Monday morning changed everything in the case: The body of the deceased found on Sunday approximately seven miles from the abduction site has been confirmed to be Eliza’s body.

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Memphis police took to Twitter Early Monday morning to reveal the shocking news:

“The deceased victim who was present yesterday in the 1600’s of Victor has been identified as 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher.”

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Additional charges have been added for 38-year-old Cleota Upston for first-degree murder and first-degree murder in preparation for kidnapping.

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An official cause of the mother’s death has not been announced, but Upstone is being held without bail and will appear in court Tuesday. He reportedly did not file a petition and did not have a lawyer at the time. according to wifewho cites Shelby County court records, Upstone previously pleaded guilty in 2000 to a specially aggravated kidnapping charge where he was sentenced to 24 years in prison, but was allowed out in November of 2020.

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How sad this guy got a second chance at life and ended up doing the same thing again and actually taking a step further by committing murder.

Elisa was a wife, mother of two, and a teacher at Saint Mary’s Episcopal School. She was jogging regularly in the area from which she was kidnapped. She was also the granddaughter of the late billionaire Joseph “Joe” Urgell IIIa local businessman for Memphis hardware.

Rest in peace, Eliza.

[Images via (c) Memphis Police Department & NBC News/YouTube]

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