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Police search Memphis park near site of wealthy heiress Eliza Fletcher’s abduction

Police in Tennessee have searched a park near the site the place a wealthy heiress was kidnapped and compelled into automobile, as they search for clues within the baffling case.

Eliza Fletcher, 34, was final seen about 4.20am on Friday, when she was jogging in Memphis and a person approached her and compelled her into an SUV after a short wrestle, police stated.

On Friday evening, deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spent a number of hours looking a wooded space of Overton Park, an enormous greenspace lower than 1.5 miles from the place Fletcher was kidnapped.

The search was referred to as off with out outcome as darkness fell, and investigators have been reportedly wanting right into a tip related with the abduction case, in line with WREG-TV

Late Friday, state police stated that the suspect automobile within the case was a dark-colored GMC Terrain, issuing a blurry surveillance picture of the SUV rushing away from the crime. 

Meanwhile, state and native police together with the FBI have been seen looking Fletcher’s Memphis house, which she shares together with her husband of eight years, Richard ‘Richie’ Fletcher III and their two kids. 

The last known image of Fletcher shows her jogging early on Friday

Eliza Fletcher, 34, (left) was final seen about 4.20am on Friday, when she was jogging (proper) in Memphis and a person approached her and compelled her into an SUV after a short wrestle, police stated

Media gather on Friday night as deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office spent several hours searching a wooded area of Overton Park, a vast greenspace less than 1.5 miles from where Fletcher was abducted

Media collect on Friday evening as deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spent a number of hours looking a wooded space of Overton Park, an enormous greenspace lower than 1.5 miles from the place Fletcher was kidnapped

Memphis cops were seen towing Fletcher's family car, a white Jeep Wagoneer, from her home on Friday afternoon

Memphis cops have been seen towing Fletcher’s household automobile, a white Jeep Wagoneer, from her house on Friday afternoon

This is the SUV cops say abducted Fletcher, identified as a dark-colored GMC Terrain

This is the SUV cops say kidnapped Fletcher, recognized as a dark-colored GMC Terrain

As the search continues, reporter Melanie Moon tweeted that Richie had ‘reportedly lawyered up.’  

Memphis cops have been seen towing Fletcher’s household automobile, a white Jeep Wagoneer, from her house. 

Investigators have been additionally seen to label a pair of backyard shears and a computer as proof. A big police presence remained on the household house all night.

Fletcher, who goes by Liza, is a pre-kindergarten instructor at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. 

She is heiress to a household fortune from Orgill {hardware} company, which her grandfather based, although the household’s web value is unclear.

Fletcher´s household provided a $50,000 reward Friday evening by way of Crimestoppers for data resulting in the arrest of anybody accountable for her disappearance.

‘We sit up for Eliza’s protected return and hope that this award will assist police seize those that dedicated this crime,’ Fletcher´s household stated in an announcement.

Members of law enforcement work the scene where Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped

Members of legislation enforcement work the scene the place Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped

Members of law enforcement work the scene where Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, near the corner Central Avenue and Zach H. Curlin Street.

Members of legislation enforcement work the scene the place Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped round 4:30 a.m. on Friday, near the nook Central Avenue and Zach H. Curlin Street.

She was reported lacking when she didn’t return house from her common morning run, and her cellphone and water bottle have been found in entrance of a home owned by the University of Memphis, authorities stated. 

Fletcher, a health fanatic who would often jog the identical route, had her cellphone hurled to the bottom and smashed in the course of the crime. 

The mom of two is described at being 5-foot-6 and 137 kilos with brown hair and inexperienced eyes. She was final seen sporting a pink jogging prime and purple working shorts. 

The kidnapped girl is the granddaughter of {hardware} magnate Joseph ‘Joe’ Orgill III who died in 2018. 

Fletcher’s mom, Adele, is Orgill’s daughter. Their {hardware} wholesale household business, Orgill Inc., does $3 billion in annual gross sales, in line with the company’s web site.

Eliza Fletcher, pictured, was abducted during a 4:30am jog close to the University of Memphis campus on Friday morning

Eliza Fletcher, pictured, was kidnapped throughout a 4:30am jog near the University of Memphis campus on Friday morning 

The description of the company on the web site calls Orgill ‘the world’s largest impartial hardlines distributor with annual gross sales of $3 billion.’ The company is privately owned.

More than 5,500 individuals are employed by the company.  

In a tribute article revealed in the Memphis Commercial Appeal in 2018, a good friend of Joe Orgill III referred to him as being a cross between Bono and Mr. Rogers in {hardware} circles. An obvious reference to his philanthropic actions and heat demeanor. 

In saying the reward money in Fletcher’s case, the household stated in a short assertion: ‘We sit up for Eliza’s protected return and hope that this award will assist police seize those that dedicated this crime.’ 

In February, Fletcher stated in an Instagram put up that she attended the Orgill commerce present in Orlando, Florida.  

Fletcher is a pre-kindergarten instructor at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and he or she and her husband belong to the Second Presbyterian Church in East Memphis.

Students on the faculty have been reportedly instructed through letter on Friday {that a} instructor had been kidnapped. 

‘We haven’t instructed our youthful college students about Mrs. Fletcher. We are supporting the older college students as they be taught of this information,’ learn the letter from head of faculty Albert Throckmorton, in line with Fox News.

Fletcher is with her husband of eight years, Richard 'Richie' Fletcher III. The couple have two children together

Fletcher is together with her husband of eight years, Richard ‘Richie’ Fletcher III. The couple have two kids collectively

Richie, who has reportedly retained a lawyer, works at a company named Venture Libre, a business that makes 'bespoke custom storage solutions for adventure vehicles.'

Richie, who has reportedly retained a lawyer, works at a company named Venture Libre, a business that makes ‘bespoke customized storage options for journey autos.’

In 2021, a Facebook put up on the varsity’s web page referred to Fletcher as an individual whose ‘smile brightens each room she enters.’ 

It went on: ‘She is a caring and passionate instructor who’s all the time searching for artistic methods to show to all learners.’ 

The put up concluded: ‘She is aware of every scholar individually and does no matter she will to excite them for studying. You will all the time discover her celebrating huge and small successes within the classroom.’ 

She attended Hutchison School in Memphis, graduating as half of the category of 2006. Fletcher is a graduate of Baylor University, graduating with a level in train and sports activities science. She acquired her grasp’s in instructing from Belmont University.

Prior to working at St. Mary’s, Fletcher taught on the Promise Academy in Nashville and was additionally the varsity’s soccer coach. 

She was a seasoned runner who certified for the Boston Marathon. In 2019, Fletcher completed the St. Jude marathon at time of three hours and 26 minutes and ending twenty second total. 

Law enforcement haven’t but disclosed a possible motive or whether or not they consider Fletcher was kidnapped by an opportunistic predator or by a person who had studied the younger mother’s frequented working route. 

A helicopter passes over the scene where Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped around 4:30 a.m. on Friday

A helicopter passes over the scene the place Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped round 4:30 a.m. on Friday

Members of law enforcement work the scene where Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped

Members of legislation enforcement work the scene the place Eliza Fletcher, 34, is believed to have been kidnapped

People gather outside the home of Eliza Fletcher on Friday. Police say Fletcher was jogging near the University of Memphis when she was forced into a dark-colored SUV

People collect outdoors the house of Eliza Fletcher on Friday. Police say Fletcher was jogging near the University of Memphis when she was pressured right into a dark-colored SUV

Fletcher’s kidnapping has rattled her group. By Friday afternoon a Facebook group referred to as ‘Eliza Fletcher Missing in Memphis, Tennessee’ had amassed greater than 2,000 members.

She was taken near the University of Memphis. A scholar on the faculty, Sam Sparrenberg, instructed WREG: ‘Me and my buddy have been in all probability one the primary to see the police vehicles come out however we had no concept.’

He added: ‘I’ve by no means heard of something prefer it occurring. I hung out in faculties. I’ve been college of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi; I’ve by no means heard of something like this occurring.’ 

In 2014, Fletcher married Richard ‘Richie’ James Fletcher III in a lavish magical woodland-themed ceremony detailed in Memphis Magazine. The bride is described within the profile as being ‘outdoorsy, athletic, and heat.’

Richie works at a company named Venture Libre, a business that makes ‘bespoke customized storage options for journey autos.’ 

According to posts on his Instagram web page, the household took a prolonged trip in early August.  

The senior pastor on the church attended by Fletcher and her husband, George Robertson, described the lacking girl as being ‘full of life,’ in line with the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Robertson went on: ‘She and her husband Ritchie are each very lively and nice leaders in our congregation. They have two little boys who’ve come as much as me each week and provides me a hug.’ 

He continued by saying: ‘She and her husband are each simply inspirations within the sense of their zest for all times and love of working and athletics.’

Robertson additionally stated that the couple have a ‘deep and profound belief in Christ.’ He stated: ‘That is Ritchie’s belief proper now.’ 

The Second Presbyterian Church stated on their Facebook web page that the church was open all day for prayer.  

Speaking to WREG, a good friend of Fletcher’s, Hart Robinson, stated: ‘You do not wanna hear that that is occurring. We wish to discover her.’

Robinson additionally stated: ‘We do not know what is going on on, however everyone is desperately searching for her and the police listed here are on it. You can see there’s a lot of exercise, so if you recognize something or noticed something early this morning, we simply ask that you just come ahead.’ 

In March this year, Richie marked the couple’s anniversary in an Instagram put up by which he wrote: ‘[Eight] years within the making with this smoking sizzling babe. Wouldn’t need it some other method. Even if the abdomen bug is working by way of our household.’ 

A year earlier, he wrote on Instagram: ‘Yesterday marked 7 years married to this magnificence!’

He added: ‘If you have been to ask us at year 3 if we’d make it to 7 we in all probability would of stated NO! We apparently weren’t given the memo {that a} wholesome marriage shouldn’t be going to come back simple. Luckily, we put God/Recovery first, we have been each prepared to consider in one another, and requested for assist.’

He continued: ‘We are so grateful for particular person counseling, {couples} counseling, recovery and mates! We can actually say we would not have it some other method!’

Records present that Richie has a number of arrests for alcohol associated offenses together with public drunkenness and driving underneath the affect. 

No suspects have but been recognized, although police have recognized the kidnapper as being male.

According to publicly accessible security knowledge on the town’s web site, there have been no less than 100 incidents categorized as kidnappings which have occurred this year in Memphis.

A $50,000 reward has been provided for data resulting in Eliza Fletcher’s protected return. Anyone with related data is urged to name or textual content Memphis CrimeStoppers anonymously at 901-528-CASH (2274). 

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