A suspect has been charged with kidnapping Elisa Fletcher, but police say the Memphis teacher is still missing.



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A person has been charged in this connection A Memphis teacher goes missing Investigators believe he was abducted while he was out jogging on Friday morning, police said.

Cleotha Abston, 38, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Tweet released early Sunday morning from the Memphis Police Department.

“Eliza Fletcher has not been located at this time. MPT investigators and officers, along with our local and federal partners, continue to search for Ms. Fletcher,” the post read.

Fletcher, 34, was jogging around 4:30 a.m. Friday when he was approached by an unidentified man, police said. He was forced into a mid-size dark SUV and taken from the scene, police said.

Abston was arrested Saturday after police found the vehicle they were looking for in the case.

“The vehicle of interest has been located and a male occupant of the vehicle has been detained,” police said declared on Twitter.

Photos released by police show Fletcher running near the University of Memphis. She was last seen wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts, police said in the alert.

Fletcher is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and green eyes, police said. She weighs 137 pounds.

The teacher’s damaged phone was found near where she is believed to have been abducted, CrimeStoppers Executive Director Patti Chapman said. CNN affiliate WHBQ.

WHBQ reports that the mother of two’s family is offering a $50,000 reward through Crimestoppers for information leading to an arrest in the case.

“We look forward to Elisa’s safe return and hope this award will help police catch the perpetrators of this crime,” her family said in a statement shared by Chapman.

In a post on Twitter, St. Mary’s Episcopal School Fletcher said a junior kindergarten teacher.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a tweet It is assisting Memphis police in the investigation.

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