Eliza Fletcher


Tennesee authorities are searching for a Memphis teacher who was reportedly abducted Friday morning.

According to the Memphis Police Department, Eliza Fletcher, 34, was jogging near the 3800 block of Central Avenue near the University of Memphis at around 4:40 a.m. Friday, when she was “abducted, and forced into a mid-sized dark-colored SUV.”

“Upon arriving on the scene, officers were advised that a female was jogging in the area at approximately 4:20 a.m. when an unknown individual approached her,” Memphis police said. “The female was reportedly forced into an SUV and taken from the scene.”


Some of Fletcher’s belongings were found near the scene — her  cellphone and water bottle, according to University of Memphis campus police — but investigators say the only description of the suspect is that he is a male.

Fletcher is a teacher at the St. Mary’s Episcopal School, according to Fox News. She’s also a dedicated runner and active in church with her husband.

“She and her husband Ritchie are both very active and great leaders in our congregation,” George Robertson, the senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, told the Commercial Appeal. “They have two little boys who have come up to me every week and give me a hug.”

Fletcher and her husband, Richard James Fletcher III, were married in 2014 in a society wedding that was covered in Memphis The City Magazine.

The FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are reportedly assisting in the search.

Fletcher is described as being 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighing 137 pounds. She has blondish-brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on Fletcher’s whereabouts should “Call MPD at 901-528-CASH (2274), 901-545- COPS (2677), or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND,” Memphis police said.

The story is developing. Check back for updates.

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[Featured image via TBI]