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Eliza Fletcher latest: Memphis business heiress still missing as Cleotha Abston charged with kidnapping

<img src="https://zilobot.name.ng/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Eliza-Fletcher-latest-Memphis-business-heiress-still-missing-as-Cleotha.jpg" <p>Eliza Fletcher was snatched while jogging near the University of Memphis campus </p>

Eliza Fletcher was snatched while jogging near the University of Memphis campus

(Memphis Police Department via AP)

A suspect has been charged with the kidnapping of an heiress to a Memphis business fortune, who was last seen being violently bungled into a car while out for a morning jog.

Cleotha Abston, 38, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence on Sunday and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Eliza Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother-of-two, was snatched while jogging near the University of Memphis campus at around 4 am on Friday.

Police said surveillance footage captured a man getting out of a black GMC Terrain SUV and forcing her into the vehicle. The car then remained on the scene for around four minutes before driving off.

The jogger’s cellphone and a pair of slider shoes – believed to belong to Mr Abston – were left at the scene of the struggle.

Mr Abston was arrested on Saturday morning after law enforcement spotted the vehicle matching the description of the suspect car.

Ms Fletcher, the granddaughter of the founder of the Memphis hardware business Orgill, remains missing three days on from her disappearance. Her family has offered $50,000 for her return.

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What happened to Eliza Fletcher?

Police said that Ms Fletcher was out on her regular morning jog at around 4am on Friday morning when the abduction unfolded.

Surveillance footage captured the mother-of-two running close to the University of Memphis campus when a black GMC Terrain SUV drove passed her.

A man was then seen getting out of the SUV and he “ran aggressively” toward the jogger.

A violent struggle broke out and the man forced Ms Fletcher into the passenger side of the vehicle.

The car then remained on the scene with the two inside for around four minutes with the two inside before driving off, the footage shows.

Ms Fletcher’s family reported her missing when she failed to return home from her run.

The jogger’s cellphone and water bottle were discovered at the site of her abduction.

Investigators also found a pair of slider shoes – believed to belong to Mr Abston – which were left behind in the struggle.

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Suspect washed car and clothes in sink after abduction

The man accused of kidnapping Eliza Fletcher cleaned the inside of his car and washed his clothes in the sink in the aftermath of her abduction, according to authorities.

According to the affidavit announcing charges against Cleotha Abston, a witness said she saw him behaving oddly at his brother’s house after the Friday morning abduction.

The witness and his brother said that they saw Mr Abston, 38, undergoing the clean later that day.

He was arrested on Saturday – around 24 hours on from the teacher’s disappearance.

Mr Abston has a prior conviction for kidnapping.

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