Update Link Eliza Fletcher: Police identify body found in search of heir

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Update Link Eliza Fletcher: Police identify body found in search of heir

zonatau.com – Update Link Eliza Fletcher: Police identify body found in search of heir

Police in Tennessee say a body found on Monday is that of missing heiress Eliza Fletcher.

The 34-year-old mother of two is a country teacher and the granddaughter of a country’s billionaire.
He was kidnapped while jogging early Friday morning near the University of Memphis campus. Cleotha Abston – a 38-year-old man with a previous kidnapping conviction – has been charged with abducting and murdering Ms Fletcher.
His family released a statement after his body was found, saying they were “heartbroken and heartbroken”. “Liza was a joy to so many people – her family, friends, co-workers, students, parents, members of Second Presbyterian Church and everyone who knew her,” they said.
“Now is the time to remember and celebrate how special he was and to support those who care about him so much.”

Well known locally, Ms Fletcher is the granddaughter of the late Joseph Orgill III, a local hardware magnate and billionaire. Its business is now believed to be worth more than $3 billion (£2.6bn) and employs more than 5,000 people.
Ms Fletcher worked as a nursery school teacher at St Mary’s Episcopal School instead of working for the family business. He went missing at around 4am local time on Friday. CCTV footage showed a man approaching her and getting into a physical fight, forcing Ms Fletcher into a black SUV, according to police documents. He was reported missing after failing to return home from his morning run on Friday, and his family have put up a $50,000 (£43,330) reward for more information.
Memphis police said officers found the body around 5:07 p.m. Monday, but said no identification has been made.

On Tuesday, officials said the victim “who was found yesterday in the 1600 block of Victor” has been identified as Eliza Fletcher.
Authorities later confirmed that the body was found in the backyard with an open hatch. At the time the body was discovered, Cleotha Abston, who was arrested on Saturday, was charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence.
Additional charges against him have now been “added to first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of a kidnapping,” police said in the update.

He was arrested after his DNA was found on a pair of shoes found near where Ms Fletcher was last seen, according to an arrest affidavit.
Officers also found a car at her address which matched CCTV footage of Ms Fletcher being forced into a similar car. The footage showed her spending more than an hour cleaning her car when she arrived at her brother’s house more than three hours after Ms Fletcher was abducted.

According to court documents, a witness said Mr Abston had behaved inappropriately and used a carpet cleaner in his car. The unnamed person also said that he washed his clothes in his brother’s water.
He tried to flee when U.S. Marshals arrived at the residence but was apprehended, the affidavit said. Mr. Abston has already served nearly 20 years in prison for the 2000 kidnapping of a prominent Memphis attorney at gunpoint. It was released at the end of 2020.

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