Murdered Mom Eliza Fletcher Was Fatally Shot in Back of Head, Tested Positive for Fentanyl: Autopsy

A  Tennessee woman who was found dead earlier this month reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head and blunt force trauma.

WREG reported that an autopsy report dated September 24 ruled Fletcher’s death a homicide. Fletcher, 34, vanished while jogging on September 2 and was found deceased outside an abandoned home in Memphis on September 5.

WMC reported that in addition to the gunshot wound, Fletcher had trauma to her right leg. A toxicology report stated that the slain woman also 10 ng/mL of fentanyl in her body, which was in a state of decomposition when it was discovered.

An affidavit stated that Memphis police spotted vehicle tracks in tall grass which led to a vacant residence. Officers combing the area noticed footprints and “an odor of decay” before locating a deceased woman who was ultimately identified as Fletcher next to the steps near a driveway.

Cleotha Abston, 38, was arrested two days before Fletcher’s body was found.  He is charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping for allegedly abducting Fletcher and killing her.

A pair of purple Lululemon running shorts which matched what Fletcher was last seen wearing was found in a nearby trash can. The trash can was located about 100 feet from the residence that Abston had been at with his brother.

Reports indicated that a shell casing was discovered at the crime scene.

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[Featured image: Eliza Fletcher/Facebook]