Household of lacking Memphis instructor Eliza Fletcher makes emotional pleas for assist

family of Missing Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher makes an emotional plea as the search for this mother of two continues.

“We believe someone knows what’s going on and can help,” his uncle Mike Keeney saturday saidas her husband Richard Fletcher III stood beside her wiping away tears.

“More than anything, we want to see Liza return home safely,” he continued, also followed by his parents and brother.

34-year-old Tennessee mother of two disappeared after being kidnapped during a Friday morning jog. Cleotha Abston indicted Sunday with the kidnapping and destruction of evidence, hours after police found him in the black SUV wanted in connection with Fletcher’s disappearance. Mother has not been found.

Authorities in Tennessee searched Friday, September 2, 2022, for Fletcher, who police say was kidnapped and forced into a vehicle while he was jogging near the University of Memphis campus.
Authorities in Tennessee searched Friday, September 2, 2022, looking for Fletcher, who police say was kidnapped and forced into a vehicle.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

A second person was also charged Sunday during the investigation but is currently believed to be unrelated to Fletcher’s abduction.

Eliza is the granddaughter of billionaire hardware magnate Joseph Orgill III, who founded the private family business Orgill Inc. His family has offered a $50,000 reward for information in his disappearance.

The Fletchers released a video statement to the public following the disappearance of their daughter.
The Fletchers released a video statement to the public following the disappearance of their daughter.
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Eliza Fletcher
Eliza was running down Central Avenue in Memphis at 4:30 a.m. when she was forced into a dark SUV.
AP

“Liza has touched the hearts of many, and it shows,” said Keeney broadcast on Facebook live. “We want to thank the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, TBI, FBI, and all other law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly to find Liza. The family has met with the police and we have shared with them all the information we know.”

On Saturday, Eliza’s father-in-law, Richard Fletcher Jr. said, “it’s just a matter of waiting, hoping, and praying.”

He said he and his son had 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.”

Cleotha Abston
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.
Tennessee Correction Department

Eliza was running down Central Avenue in Memphis at 4:30 am when she was forced into a dark SUV, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

He was wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts at the time, police said. He is 5’6″ and 137 pounds, has brown hair, and has green eyes.

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