Eliza Fletcher Abduction: Police Conduct a Search Near a Memphis Residence Where the Suspect Was Observed Washing Clothes and Cleaning His Automobile

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — On Sunday, police are investigating several places throughout Memphis for Eliza Fletcher, a rich heiress and mother of two who was taken while out for a morning run on Friday.

On Saturday, Cleotha Abston, 38, was detained in connection with Fletcher’s disappearance. On Friday, police set up a mobile command center and used K-9s to search near a residence where Abston has observed washing clothing and cleaning the interior of his vehicle.

Police analyzed surveillance video, which showed a guy battling with the 34-year-old kindergarten teacher and forcing her into a GMC Terrain.

Police said they found the GMC terrain in Abston’s house on Saturday and apprehended him when he tried to run.

According to an affidavit, two witnesses witnessed Abston “acting very unusual” and “behaving oddly” while he washed his clothing in a sink and cleaned the interior of his brother’s home near Pine Hill Community Center.

Memphis jogger Eliza Fletcher
Memphis jogger Eliza Fletcher

According to the police report, Fletcher’s injuries “leave evidence, e.g., blood, in the vehicle that Defendant cleaned.”

Fox News Digital spotted the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office using ATVs, K-9s, and horses at a park near that community center on Sunday.

The Lakeview apartment complex, where Abston’s brother lives, was also closed off by police.

According to the affidavit, after being arrested, Abston “refused to furnish detectives with the location of the victim.” He was accused of aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering.

Police initially suspected Abston because he allegedly left a pair of sandals at the scene of the abduction.

Abston’s DNA was detected on the sandals, and surveillance video showed him wearing them the day before the kidnapping, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Abston was accused of aggravated robbery and kidnapping in May 2000 after putting prominent Memphis attorney Kemper Durand into the trunk of his automobile.

Fletcher’s grandpa was billionaire Joseph Orgill III, the founder of Memphis-based Orgill Hardware, which currently has over 11,000 retail locations across the country.

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