MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A police affidavit obtained by WFXR News’ sister station, WREG, reveals additional details about the discovery of Eliza Fletcher’s body on Monday after Memphis police say she was abducted last week.
Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother and teacher, disappeared after she went for a run early Friday morning. Police said she was forced into an SUV near the University of Memphis around 4 a.m.
According to the affidavit, officers were combing a South Memphis neighborhood when one of them noticed tire tracks in the grass near a home on Victor Street.
Records indicate officers also smelled the odor of decay. They found the body of a woman, later identified as Fletcher, next to a set of steps near the driveway behind the home.
Law enforcement also found her purple Lululemon running shorts in a discarded trash bag about 100 feet north of the scene.
Surveillance videos also revealed that the suspect’s vehicle was in the area on Friday, Sept. 2 around 5:48 a.m.
Law enforcement said the same GMC Terrain was seen exiting I-240 at the South Parkway East exit.
Police said surveillance footage spotted the vehicle turning west onto Person Avenue around 5:52 a.m.
The West Tennessee Medical Center verified that the body found was in fact Eliza Fletcher. Memphis Police made the announcement to the public Tuesday morning.