Huge Break in Eliza Fletcher Case as Police Locate the Vehicle and Make an Arrest


Memphis police have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping Eliza Fletcher on Friday.

Fletcher, a Memphis, Tennessee, school teacher, was out for a jog when she was approached by an unknown person and then forced into a dark-colored SUV. Later, her phone and a water bottle were found at the site of the abduction.

Police believe the man responsible was Cleotha Abston.

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On Sunday, police charged Abston with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence, according to WREG-TV.

Police found Abston to be in possession of the SUV used to abduct Fletcher.

Will Eliza Fletcher be found?

Abston has a violent criminal history.

According to WREG-TV, Abston previously pled guilty to an especially aggravated kidnapping charge in 2000.

Abston was sentenced to 24 years in that case. He was only just released in November of 2020.

Fletcher herself has not yet been found. The search for the teacher remains active, police announced on Sunday.

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Police later announced that a second individual, Mario Abston, had been arrested “in the same operation.”

However, Mario Abston is not believed to be connected to Fletcher’s case.

The 36-year-old was charged with various charges related to the possession and intent to sell fentanyl and heroin.

Fletcher’s family is offering a $50,000 reward for any information regarding Fletcher’s abduction and/or whereabouts.

She is the granddaughter of the late Joesph “Joe” Orgill III, a prominent Memphis hardware businessman and philanthropist, according to WREG-TV.

“We don’t know what’s going on, but everybody is desperately looking for her, and the police here are on it. You can see there is a lot of activity, so if you know anything or saw anything early this morning, we just ask that you come forward,” said Hart Robinson, a friend of Fletcher, according to WREG-TV.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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