Heartbroken neighbours have described their horror after a body was found in the search for missing Eliza Fletcher ahead of her suspected kidnappers court appearance in Memphis, Tennessee, today.
Police have yet to confirm the identity of the body, which was found seven miles from where the billionaire heiress, 34, was last seen.
She vanished while out for a jog around 4.30am on Friday, sparking a four-day long hunt for the mother-of-two.
The area where the body was found is just a hundred yards from the Longview Gardens apartment complex – where 38-year-old kidnapping suspect Cleotha Abston’s brother, Mario, lives.
Just prior to the announcement of the discovery of human remains, a large Memphis Police Department mobile command unit truck was moved into area. Reporters who were covering the search were also asked to move further back from the scene.
A van believed to belong to the medical examiners unit left the scene six hours after the remains were found, and is thought to have been transporting the body.
Photos from the scene showed a police helicopter circling above the search. Horrified neighbors gathered around the crime scene as the gruesome discovery was made.
‘It’s emotional, it really hurts,’ April Jackson, 30, told DailyMail.com at 7.30pm, with the body yet to be removed.
‘That could have been anybody out jogging that morning, a student, anyone. And he was just released two years ago for another abduction and he gets out and does it again,’ she said.
‘It makes me sick.’ She was out yesterday offering to aid the search, when police and a bloodhound were out in the area, within a couple hundred yards of the body.
In the criminal complaint against Cleotha, witnesses were quoted as saying they saw the suspect at his brother’s home behaving strangely and washing the carpet of this 2013 GMC Terrain.
The violent felon, accused of snatching billionaire heiress Eliza, had stalked the area she went missing from while jogging for almost 30 minutes before her abduction.