Eliza Fletcher’s family is sad, heartbroken, and devastated after the billionaire heiress was found dead on Sept. 5 amidst a police investigation into her kidnapping.
The billionaire heiress and kindergarten teacher (34 years old) was found no more on September 5, three days after she was kidnaped while out on a morning walk in Memphis, as per the city’s police force. In the wake of the astounding discovery, her loved ones released a statement and shared they were sad, heartbroken, and demolished by her death.
According to a statement shared by the local news station, WREG on September 6, “Liza was such a joy to so many her loved ones including her friends, friends, co-teachers, her class, mom and dad, members of her Second Presbyterian Church congregation, and everybody who knew such a good person they ever meet; and now it is a time to think on her good memories and celebrate how special she was and to support those who cared so much for her.”
Appreciating the community for their “expressions of love and concern” amidst this worst time, her family also said that they are grateful beyond measure to local, state, and federal law department and each member for their tireless efforts to find Liza and bring justice to the one who is responsible for that grim crime.”
They also said that they hope that everybody, including media representatives, understands the need for the family to grieve in privacy without outside disturbance during that painful time.
According to the police force, Fletcher was first noticed missing on September 2, when she did not return home from her morning walk. Authorities said in a missing person alert that an individual had approached her during her run and “forced her into an SUV.”
In the press conference held on September 6, which means yesterday only, Memphis police said that the one who did everything was pulled into prison and charged Cleotha Abston, 38, with first-degree murder plus perpetration of kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with proof in link to Fletcher’s vanishing and death.
Abston told the jury during an arraignment that same day that he could not afford a lawyer and was appointed a public defender. His bond was set at $510,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court on September 7.
Per CNN, Fletcher was the granddaughter of late hardware mogul Joseph Orgill III. Founded in 1847, the Orgill company has annual sales of $3 billion, according to the business’ website.