Eliza Fletcher Confirmed Dead After Being Kidnapped Earlier
The search for missing billionaire heiress and kindergarten teacher Eliza Fletcher comes to a tragic conclusion after she was confirmed dead after being kidnapped earlier.
The Memphis Police Department confirmed the tragic news on Twitter on September 6, saying the body was discovered in Memphis on Monday and belonged to Fletcher. She was kidnapped last week while on a jog. The reason for her death is still unknown.
Fletcher, 34, was abducted while jogging on September 2. According to police, security video showed a suspect approaching the mother of two and forcing her into a black GMC Terrain.
The next day, Memphis police said that they had identified a “vehicle of interest” and had detained the driver for interrogation. Fletcher’s family members issued a statement read by her uncle, Michael Keeney, the same day, announcing a $50,000 reward for her safe return.
“Liza has touched the hearts of many people,” he said. “The family has met with the police, and we have shared with them all the information we know. More than anything we want to see Liza returned home safely.”
Memphis police stated two days after her kidnapping that Cleotha Abston, 38, had been charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence in connection with her disappearance.
Following the identification of Fletcher’s body, police stated Abston was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of abduction.
Abston informed the judge during his arraignment on Sept. 6 that he couldn’t afford a lawyer and was assigned a public defender. A judge set his bond at $510,000, and he is due in court on September 7 to be charged with the murder charges.