POLICE accused a 38 year old man in the kidnapping of Tennessee schoolteacher Eliza Fletcher, the billionaire granddaughter who has been missing since she went jogging on Friday.
Cleotha Abston was charged Sunday with kidnapping and tampering with evidence, hours after police found her in a black SUV wanted in connection with Fletcher’s disappearance.
The 34-year-old wife and mother of two were jogging on a Friday morning when she was forced into the dark GMC Field; Her broken phone and water bottle were also found nearby.
Memphis police continue to find Fletcher.
A second person, who is not currently believed to be linked to Fletcher’s abduction, was also charged Sunday during the investigation.
Mario Abston, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to produce and sell fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance with intent to produce and sell heroin, and a criminal convicted of possessing a firearm while committing a dangerous crime.
The two men were booked into the Shelby County Jail Sunday morning.
The Fletchers offer $50,000 reward for information leading to his return.
“It’s just a matter of waiting and hoping and praying,” her father-in-law, Richard Fletcher Jr, told The Post. Fletcher said he visited his son, Richard Fletcher III, and they talked “about his wife” [being] lost and how difficult and how unpredictable and how difficult it was to cope with something that seemed so random.”
Fletcher’s grandfather was hardware magnate Joseph Orgill III, who founded the private family business, Orgill Inc., which employs 5,500 people and generates $3 billion in sales annually, according to their website.