Medical Examiner Says Abducted Memphis School Teacher Eliza Fletcher Died Of Gunshot Wound To Head

Medical Examiner Says Abducted Memphis School Teacher Eliza Fletcher Died Of Gunshot Wound To Head

A cause of death has been determined for Eliza Fletcher, the Tennessee kindergarten teacher who was abducted while she was out for a morning jog.

Fletcher’s body was found earlier this month, and the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis has confirmed the  34-year-old died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

She also suffered jaw fractures and blunt force injuries to her right leg, the Associated Press reported.

The mother of two was kidnapped on September 2 and forced into a black SUV. Cleotha Abston Henderson, 38, was arrested two days later and has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence of Fletcher’s disappearance after his DNA was allegedly found on a pair of sandals at the scene, the Police Department stated.

Police say the suspect was captured on surveillance footage cleaning a GMC Terrain SUV for more than an hour after allegedly using it to abduct Fletcher. His brother Mario also reportedly told authorities that he was “washing his clothes in the sink of the house” and “acting very strange.”

The victim’s body was discovered the following day, seven miles from where other surveillance video showed she was taken. Henderson’s charges were upgraded to first-degree murder and first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnapping, police confirmed.

Abston Henderson has not yet made a plea, PEOPLE reported.

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