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Eliza Fletcher latest: ‘Heartbroken’ family of Memphis heiress speak out as Cleotha Abston charged with murder

Man appears in court charged with murder of heiress Eliza Fletcher

The “heartbroken” family of murdered Memphis heiress Eliza Fletcher have issued a statement to say they are devastated by her “senseless loss”.

“Liza was such a joy to so many – her family, friends, colleagues, students, parents, members of her Second Presybterian Church Congregation and everyone who knew her,” the statement, shared by Newstalk 989, read.

Ms Fletcher, 34, was abducted while jogging early on Friday morning near the University of Memphis campus.

Her body was found at around 5pm on Monday in a vacant duplex about half a mile from Mr Abston’s home.

Cleotha Abston, 38, has been charged with first degree murder and kidnapping.

Ms Fletcher is the granddaughter of Joseph Orgill III, the billionaire founder of Memphis hardware firm Orgill Inc.

Her family said in the statement that they wanted those who knew her to “remember and celebrate how special she was and to support those who cared so much for her”.

“We are grateful beyond measure to local, state and federal law enforcement for their tireless efforts to find Liza and to bring justice to the person responsible for this horrible crime.”


Cleotha Abston appears for his arraignment on Tuesday morning



Cleotha Abston has been charged with the abduction and murder of Eliza Fletcher

(Shelby County Sheriff’s Office)


6 September 2022 19:55


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