Eliza Fletcher went for a run in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday morning.
She ran all the time, and this was just what she did.
Pre-kindergarten teacher Eliza “Liza” Fletcher, 34, is also a mother of two kids.
Eliza’s family filed a missing person’s report when she failed to show up for her morning exercise.
Around 4:20 a.m. on Friday, Fletcher was last saw jogging from her Central Gardens residence to a location close to the University of Memphis.
Eliza Fletcher is the descendant of Joseph Orgill III, who inherited and controlled a hardware business with current annual sales of over $3 billion. Eliza is the heir to this fortune.
Eliza happened to run by as someone was waiting for her.
Eliza was dragged into an SUV by a man while she was trying to escape.
A video of the kidnapping that showed him shoving her into the car was swiftly discovered by police.
The man charged in the kidnapping of #ElizaFletcher pled guilty to the same crime in 2001. He was sentenced to 24 years in jail. So why was he prowling our streets? Those responsible for letting this man out of prison should be facing charges, too. #Memphis pic.twitter.com/8RqAKfSO7D
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 4, 2022
Sputnik News reported that unidentified assailants had kidnapped Eliza.
According to The New York Post:
Tennessee authorities viewed the footage, which allegedly shows a man running “aggressively toward the victim, and then force the victim Eliza Fletcher into the passenger’s side of the vehicle,” according to police records.
According to the affidavit, “During the abduction, there appeared to be a struggle,” citing “noticeable damage to the back-passenger taillight area” of the GMC Terrain.
According to police, after being forced into the black SUV, where Fletcher is still missing, “the vehicle then sat in the parking lot with the victim inside for approximately four minutes before it drove off.
According to police, after being forced into the black SUV, where Fletcher is still missing, “the vehicle then sat in the parking lot with the victim inside for approximately four minutes before it drove off. It is unclear what happened during that time.
“As the abduction was violent with, as captured on video, the suspect waiting for, then rushing towards the victim, then forcing the victim into the car, 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,” the affidavit stated.
“Further, it is probable and apparent from witness statements that these injuries left evidence of blood in the car the defendant cleaned.”
The family announced a $50,000 reward for her safe return on Friday.
Witnesses observed Cleotha Abston, the man in the kidnapping video, on Sunday washing his clothing in a sink and cleaning his car with Clean at a car wash.
Police then detained Cleotha Abston, 38, in the kidnapping of Memphis mother and heiress Eliza Fletcher on Sunday after receiving a tip from the sighting.
In addition to the footage of the altercation, the police discovered call records indicating that Absom’s cellphone was in the same location at the same time as the kidnapping.
Eliza’s water bottle and cell phone were among the pieces of evidence that the police were able to gather.
Eliza’s cell phone and some sandals were discovered nearby by a good Samaritan at 6:45 in the morning while he was riding his bicycle.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The man, unaware of what had occurred, was able to identify the phone from its contents and gave the items to the Fletcher family, who then turned them over to the authorities.
So police arrested Cleotha Abston in the disappearance of Eliza Fletcher. Abston was charged in 2001 with kidnapping and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A repeat offender. Shocker. pic.twitter.com/8SsfYpOGhu
— Joe Has Dementia (@RokerGlasses) September 4, 2022