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Update: Man arrested in abduction of Eliza Fletcher, who was forced into SUV while jogging

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34-year-old Eliza Fletcher seen jogging the morning of September 2nd (L), credit: Memphis PD. (R) Cleotha Abston booking photo. Credit: Tennessee Department of Corrections.


Update: A 38-year-old man has been charged in the abduction of Memphis school teacher Eliza Fletcher.

Fletcher, an heiress to the Orgill, Inc multibillion-dollar family owned company, was seen being forced into a SUV while out jogging around 4:20 a.m. Friday morning.

Cleotha Abston was charged Sunday with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence after police found him in the SUV wanted in connection with Fletcher’s abduction.

However, Fletcher is still missing.

Another man, Mario Abston, was charged with multiple offenses not related to the kidnapping. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell fentanyl and heroin, as well as convicted felon in possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, according to the New York Post.

Earlier:

David Luces

Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

Sep. 3—STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Tennessee school teacher has gone missing after she forcibly abducted while she was on an early morning jog Friday.

Eliza Fletcher, 34, was running on Central Avenue in Memphis at around 4:20 a.m. when she was forced into a dark-colored SUV, according to a report from WREG, a Memphis new station. The vehicle was last seen possibly heading west on Central Avenue.

Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have said Fletcher was wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts at the time of the incident.

Authorities list Fletcher as standing 5′6″ and weighing 137 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. The 34-year-old is the mother of two young boys, according to WREG. Fletcher’s phone was found abandoned nearby, which is when police were alerted of the incident.

Police released a photo of an SUV sought in the kidnapping but admitted they don’t know for sure which direction the vehicle went, WREG reported.

The victim’s family is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads police to the suspects, according to CrimeStoppers.

“We look forward to Eliza’s safe return and hope that this award will help police capture those who committed this crime,” the family said in a statement Friday.

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