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Tennessee police have searched a park near the site where a wealthy heiress was kidnapped and forced into a vehicle as they search for clues in the puzzling case.
Eliza Fletcher, 34, was last seen around 4:20 a.m. m. Friday, when she was jogging in Memphis and a man approached her and forced her into a pickup truck after a brief struggle, police said.
On Friday night, deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spent several hours searching a wooded area of Overton Park, a vast green space less than 1.5 miles from where Fletcher was abducted.
The search was called off to no avail as darkness fell, and investigators were reportedly looking into a lead related to the kidnapping case, according to WREG-TV.
Late Friday, state police said the suspect vehicle in the case was a dark-colored GMC Terrain, and issued a blurry surveillance image of the SUV driving away from the crime.
Meanwhile, state and local police along with the FBI were seen searching Fletcher’s Memphis home, which she shares with her husband of eight years, Richard ‘Richie’ Fletcher III, and her two children.
As the search continues, reporter Melanie Moon tweeted that Richie had “alleged attorney.”
She was seen with Memphis police towing Fletcher’s family car, a white Jeep Wagoneer, from his home.
Investigators were also seen tagging a pair of garden shears and a computer as evidence. A large police presence remained at the family home throughout the night.
Fletcher, who goes by Liza, is a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
She is heir to a family fortune from the Orgill hardware company, which she founded with her grandfather, though the family’s net worth is unclear.
Fletcher’s family offered a $50,000 reward Friday night through Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance.
“We look forward to Eliza’s safe return and hope that this award will help police apprehend those who committed this crime,” Fletcher’s family said in a statement.
The mother of two is described as being 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 137 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt and purple shorts.
The kidnapped woman is the granddaughter of hardware tycoon Joseph ‘Joe’ Orgill III, who died in 2018.
Fletcher’s mother, Adele, is Orgill’s daughter. His family-owned hardware wholesale company, Orgill Inc., generates $3 billion in annual sales, according to the company’s website.
Eliza Fletcher, pictured, was abducted during a 4:30 am jog near the University of Memphis campus on Friday morning.
The company’s description on the website calls Orgill “the world’s largest independent hardline distributor with annual sales of $3 billion.” The company is privately owned.
The company employs more than 5,500 people.
In a tribute article published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal in 2018, a friend of Joe Orgill III referred to him as a cross between Bono and Mr. Rogers in hardware circles. An apparent reference to his philanthropic activities and warm demeanor.
Announcing the reward money in Fletcher’s case, the family said in a brief statement: “We look forward to Eliza’s safe return and hope that this award will help police apprehend those who committed this crime.”
In February, Fletcher said in an Instagram post that she attended the Orgill trade show in Orlando, Florida.
Fletcher is a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and she and her husband belong to Second Presbyterian Church in East Memphis.
Students at the school were reportedly told via letter on Friday that a teacher had been kidnapped.
‘We haven’t told our younger students about Mrs Fletcher. We are supporting older students as they learn of this news,” the letter from school principal Albert Throckmorton said, according to Fox News.
Fletcher’s kidnapping has shaken his community. By Friday afternoon, a Facebook group called “Missing Eliza Fletcher in Memphis, Tennessee” had amassed more than 2,000 members.
They took her near the University of Memphis. A student at the school, Sam Sparrenberg, told WREG, “My friend and I were probably the first to see the police cars come out, but we had no idea.”
He added: ‘I’ve never heard of such a thing happening. I spent time in universities. I have been to the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi; I had never heard of such a thing happening.
In 2014, Fletcher married Richard ‘Richie’ James Fletcher III in a lavish, magical, woodland-themed ceremony detailed in Memphis magazine. The bride is described in the profile as “adventurous, athletic, and warm.”
Richie works at a company called Venture Libre, a company that makes “custom bespoke storage solutions for adventure vehicles.”
According to posts on his Instagram page, the family took a long vacation in early August.
The senior pastor of the church Fletcher and her husband attended, George Robertson, described the missing woman as “full of life,” according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Robertson continued: ‘She and Ella Ritchie’s husband are very active and excellent leaders in our congregation. They have two little boys who come up to me every week and give me a hug.’
He went on to say, “She and her husband are just inspirations in the sense of her zest for life and love of running and athletics.”
Robertson also said the couple have a “deep and deep trust in Christ.” He said, ‘That’s Ritchie’s confidence right now.’
The Second Presbyterian Church said on its Facebook page that the church was open all day for prayer.
Speaking to WREG, a friend of Fletcher’s, Hart Robinson, said: ‘You don’t want to hear what’s going on. We want to find her.
Robinson also said, “We don’t know what’s going on, but everyone is desperately looking for her and the police here are aware.” She can see there’s a lot going on, so if she knows anything or saw anything early this morning, we just ask her to introduce herself.
In March of this year, Richie marked the couple’s anniversary in an Instagram post in which he wrote: ‘[Eight] years in the making with this hot babe. She wouldn’t want it any other way. Even if the stomach virus is running through our family.
A year earlier, he wrote on Instagram: ‘Married 7 years yesterday to this beauty!’
He added: ‘If you asked us in year 3 if we would make it to 7, we would probably say NO! Apparently, we don’t get the memo that a healthy marriage won’t be easy. Fortunately, we put God/Recovery first, we were both willing to believe in each other and asked for help.’
He continued: ‘We are so grateful for the individual counselling, couples counselling, recovery and friends! We can honestly say we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Records show Richie has multiple arrests for alcohol-related offenses, including public drunkenness and driving under the influence.
No suspects have yet been identified, although police have identified the hijacker as a man.
According to security data publicly available on the city’s website, there have been at least 100 incidents classified as kidnappings that have occurred this year in Memphis.
Eliza Fletcher Quick and Facts
- Cops searched Overton Park in Memphis late Friday following abduction of wealthy heiress Eliza Fletcher
- Eliza Fletcher, 34, was abducted while jogging near the University of Memphis early on Friday morning
- Cops are looking for a GMC Terrain seen speeding way from the scene of the abduction
- Investigators were seen towing an SUV from Fletcher’s home as they searched for evidence
- The mother of two is a teacher and granddaughter of the founder of prosperous hardware company Orgill
- Her family has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to her safe return