Eliza Fletcher kidnapping suspect Cleotha Abston charged

Police charged a 38-year-old man in the kidnapping of Tennessee schoolteacher Eliza Fletcher, the granddaughter of a billionaire who has been missing since going jogging on Friday.

Cleotha Abston was charged with particularly aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence on Sunday, hours after cops found her inside the black SUV searched for in connection with Fletcher’s disappearance.

The 34-year-old wife and mother of two was jogging on Friday morning when she was forced into a dark GMC Terrain; her broken phone and water bottle were also found nearby.

Memphis the police continue look for Fletcher.

A second man, who is not currently linked to the Fletcher kidnapping, was also charged Sunday during the investigation.

The alleged SUV the suspect was driving that picked up Fletcher.
Man charged with kidnapping missing Tennessee teacher Eliza Fletcher

Mario Abston, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell heroin and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous crime.

Both men were taken to the Shelby County Jail on Sunday morning.

Fletcher’s family has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his return.

“It’s just a matter of waiting and hoping and praying,” her stepfather, Richard Fletcher Jr, told The Post. Fletcher said he visited his son, Richard Fletcher III, and they talked “about his wife [being] misses and how difficult it is and how unexpected it is and how difficult it is to deal with something that seems so random.

Fletcher was taken after jogging in the early morning of September 2, 2022.
Memphis Police Department

Fletcher’s grandfather was hardware magnate Joseph Orgill III, who founded the privately owned family business Orgill Inc., which employs 5,500 people and does $3 billion a year in revenue, according to their website.


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