Memphis, Tennessee- Eliza Fletcher, a 34-year-old school teacher went missing after she was jogging near the University of Memphis area early Friday. The Memphis Police revealed that she may have been abducted and a $50,000 reward has been offered to find Eliza Fletcher.
Police say Eliza was last seen at Central Avenue and Zach Curlin Street near the University of Memphis around 4:20 AM on Friday. An unknown person approached her and forced her into a dark-colored GMS Terrain (SUV) and drove away.
The police believe the suspect headed west on Central from the scene of the crime. Eliza Fletcher’s personal items have been found near the area. However, she hasn’t returned home yet.
Eliza Fletcher Missing and Abduction Case: Investigation Live
An unknown man abducted Eliza Fletcher, 34, from the 1500 block of Carr in Midtown, who was jogging at Central Avenue and Zach Curlin. He reportedly forced Eliza into a dark-colored SUV before driving away.
The abduction was likely captured on nearby surveillance cameras as Police continue to gather near Central Avenue and Zach Curlin on Friday, September 2, 2022.
“You don’t wanna hear that that’s going on. We want to find her,” said Hart Robinson, a friend of Fletcher.
“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.”
Have you seen this woman or vehicle?— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) September 2, 2022
Eliza Fletcher was abducted this morning in midtown Memphis while running.
She was forced into a vehicle. There is no known direction of travel.
Tips? Call @MEM_PoliceDept at 901-528-2274 or 901-545-2677, or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/HpTfQbKjAy
Several agencies are now involved in the search for Fletcher including the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Over a dozen gloved officials carefully searched through the area and Eliza’s home to collect pieces of evidence.
Anyone with any relevant information is requested to call 911 immediately.
Who is Eliza Fletcher?
Eliza Fletcher, 34, is a kindergarten and primary school teacher who lives in the 1500 block of Carr in Midtown. She works at St Mary’s Episcopal School and is the mother of two young boys. Eliza is a graduate of the Hutchinson School who passed out in 2006.
Fletcher was also a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. The church posted on Facebook that its sanctuary will stay open to pray for her.
Eliza is the granddaughter of a renowned philanthropist and close relative of a federal judge. She was on a run early morning when an unknown person abducted her. She is 5’6” tall and 137 pounds with light brown/blonde hair and green eyes. Her hair was in a bun and she was wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts before going missing.
Eliza Fletcher’s Family Announces $50,000 Reward to Help Find Her
Eliza Fletcher’s family called the police to report her missing when she didn’t return home after going jogging. Now, Fletcher’s family is offering a $50,000 reward via CrimeStoppers for information that leads to police close-up on the suspects.
“We look forward to Eliza’s safe return and hope that this award will help the police capture those who committed this crime,” the family said in a statement this Friday.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 immediately. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The University of Memphis Police is reachable at 901-678-4357 (HELP).
Police are towing this vehicle from the home in the investigation of Eliza Fletcher's abduction. We also saw a computer and lawn shears tagged as evidence and removed from the home. @ABC24Memphis https://t.co/CUPs4BTuks pic.twitter.com/ngNMfjFUCZ— Ian Ripple (@Ripple1026) September 3, 2022
Buddy Chapman, CrimeStoppers executive director, mentioned that the award will go to anyone who provides information that helps police make an arrest.
Keep Eliza Fletcher in your prayers. We hope she returns home soon. We’ll keep you updated with further developments on this case.