Eliza Fletcher, an American kindergarten teacher and granddaughter of billionaire Joseph Orgill III, disappeared last week while out for a run in the city of Memphis. The police arrested a man suspected of kidnapping her, but he does not want to reveal where the woman went. The New York Times informs about it.
Fletcher disappeared around 4:30 a.m. last Friday near the University of Memphis campus. Footage from nearby cameras showed that a dark SUV stopped near her, from which a man got out, ran after the woman and forced her into the passenger seat.
Police arrested Cleotha Abston, who they say was in the car. She also arrested his brother Mario Abston, who is apparently not connected to the kidnapping, but on whom she found drugs and illegally held weapons.
On Monday, Memphis police announced that a body had been found near Maria Abston’s apartment, where Cleotha Abston was seen after her kidnapping. However, the identity of the body and the cause of death are still unknown.
“We believe she suffered serious injuries, which is supported by the facts and physical evidence,” court records of the abduction state. “Furthermore, it is likely and evidence from witness statements that these injuries left traces, such as blood, in the vehicle that the defendant was cleaning.”
A witness said she saw Abston cleaning the interior of the SUV with floor cleaner and that he was “acting strange,” court records further state.
Cleotha Abston worked for a cleaning service, his employer confirmed to police.
Heiress to a fortune
Fletcher’s grandfather, Joseph Orgill III, was a billionaire who ran Orgill Inc., a Memphis-based hardware distributor. He died in 2018.
According to Forbes magazine, Orgill Inc. the largest independent distributor in its field. It is the 143rd largest private company in the US with 2021 revenue of $3.2 billion. Fletcher is the heiress to the company’s fortune. It is not clear whether her abduction was related to this fact.