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Eliza Fletcher: The kidnapping and murder case of the billionaire heiress that shook the United States

The granddaughter of the late billionaire Joseph Orgill III, an elementary school teacher and mother of two, was kidnapped and murdered in downtown Memphis

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07/09/2022 – 10,39hs

Eliza Fletcher: The Kidnapping And Murder Case Of The Billionaire Heiress That Shook The United States

Kidnapped You the killing one of billionaire heiress America has shocked the residents there America and especially of the city memphisin Tennessee.

Her name was Eliza Fletcher, 34, and her body was found on Monday behind a duplex apartment. near the community where i used to jog,

Authorities arrested a 38-year-old man named Cliotha Abston in connection with the case.

Now the defendant has served a previous 20-year prison sentence for kidnapping a prominent state attorney at gunpoint in 2000. He was released in 2020.

an elementary school teacher

Fletcher was the mother of two children and worked as a teacher. She was kidnapped while jogging on Friday morning near the University of Memphis campus.

Well known in the community, Fletcher was a billionaire philanthropist and the granddaughter of the local hardware tycoon, the late Joseph Orgil III. His company is valued at over $3 billion and employs more than 5,000 people.

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Security cameras captured the moments before the victim went missing.

family issued a statement He said he was “heartbroken and devastated” after the body was discovered.

“Liza was a source of great joy to many people: her family, friends, colleagues, students, parents, members of her Second Presbyterian Church congregation and everyone who knew her,” the statement read.

“Now is the time to remember and celebrate how special she was and to support those who cared about her so much.”


Fletcher disappeared around 4:00 a.m. local time (09:00 a.m. GMT) on Friday.

Footage from security cameras in the area shows how a man came up to her and had a physical confrontation with her. in between them

According to police documents, the kidnapper forcibly made her sit in a black van.


Authorities arrested a 38-year-old man named Cliotha Abston in connection with the case.

his family $50,000. offered the reward of for information on his whereabouts.

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Memphis police found the body Monday afternoon, but did not immediately provide details of its identity.

This Tuesday he revealed that it was the billionaire heiress.


At the time of discovery of the body, ebstonwho was arrested on Saturday. He had already been charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence.,

“Now additional charges of first-degree murder and first-degree murder have been added to the commission of kidnapping against him,” police said in an update.

The man was arrested after DNA was detected on a pair of sandals found near him where Fletcher was last seen.

Agents also found a vehicle at the address where Abston was staying matches what the security cameras showed,

When the US Marshals arrived at the residence, the suspect attempted to flee but was later apprehended.

No details have emerged about the exact cause of death or the motivation for the crime.

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