The gruesome autopsy report for Eliza Fletcher – the Memphis mother of two who police said was kidnapped and murdered – was released on Thursday. The autopsy report confirmed that the Tennessee kindergarten teacher's cause of death was a homicide.
Surveillance video revealed that the kidnapping of Fletcher was "violent," as she was forced into a GMC Terrain SUV while she was on a pre-dawn jog near the University of Memphis campus on Sept. 2.
"As the abduction was violent with, as captured on video, the suspect waiting for, then rushing toward the victim, then forcing the victim into the vehicle, where she was confined and removed and continues to be missing, it is believed and supported by the facts and physical evidence that she suffered serious injury," police said. "Further, it is probable and apparent from witness statements that these injuries left evidence, e.g. blood, in the vehicle that the defendant cleaned."
Fletcher's dead body was found on Sept. 5 at a vacant home roughly seven miles from the abduction site.
The autopsy report found that Fletcher had a gunshot wound in the back of the head. The autopsy report revealed that a single shell casing was recovered from the area where Fletcher was found.
The Christian kindergarten teacher also suffered from blunt-force injuries to her right leg and jaw fractures, according to an autopsy completed by forensic pathologist Danielle Harrell, D.O., at the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis.
"There are two semicircular defects to the skull consistent with a single gunshot to the head with the bullet traveling in a posterior to anterior (back to front) and right to left direction," the report stated.
Cleotha Henderson – who also goes by the name Cleotha Abston – has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnappings, especially aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with evidence in the case. The 38-year-old suspect has yet to enter a plea.
The Memphis Police Department said they found Henderson's DNA on a pair of sandals at the crime scene.
Surveillance video allegedly shows Henderson cleaning the SUV for more than an hour after the suspected kidnapping of the St. Mary’s Episcopal School teacher.
Henderson's brother reportedly told police that he witnessed his brother "washing his clothes in the sink of the house" and "acting very strange" after Fletcher went missing.
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