Memphis police say they have located the vehicle they believe was involved in the abduction of a Eliza Fletcher on Friday and detained “the man occupying the vehicle.”
UPDATE: the vehicle of interest has been located and a male who was occupying the vehicle has been detained. Eliza Fletcher has not been located. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 3, 2022
Police made the announcement in a tweet shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in which they said that Fletcher had not been located.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Fletcher was out running shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Friday when she encountered a man who forced her into a dark SUV, believed to be a GMC Terrain, and drove away. Her damaged cell phone and a water bottle were found nearby. Fletcher’s husband reported her missing when she failed to return from her run.
The Fletchers have two children; Eliza Fletcher is a teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
Fletcher and her husband, Richard James Fletcher III, were married in 2014. Her grandfather is the founder of Orgill Inc., a hardware distribution business that does about $3 billion in sales each year, according to its website. The family is offering $50,000 for information that leads to her recovery.
Crews searched a section of Overton Park, a little over a mile from the Fletchers’ resident, overnight. Investigators didn’t say what, if anything, they found, or what led them to the location. Earlier on Friday, investigators removed items from the Fletchers’ home, including a light colored SUV, garden shears, and a computer
Fletcher is described as 5-foot-6 and weighs about 137 pounds. She has blondish-brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information should call 901-528-CASH or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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