Tennessee Man Who Kidnapped Eliza Fletcher


Memphis Police Department/Chevy County Jail

Memphis Police Department/Chevy County Jail

A 38-year-old man who spent most of his life in prison has been charged with kidnapping a teacher. Eliza Fletcherhas not yet been found, Memphis police said Sunday morning.

News of Cleosa “Pookie” Abston’s arrest came a day after investigators revealed they had found a “vehicle of interest” in Fletcher’s kidnapping., A married mom of two boys whose grandfather was a wealthy philanthropist.

Fletcher was jogging near the University of Memphis on Friday morning when her assailant, in an SUV, pulled her into the car and drove off.

Abston, 38, was charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence. He is being held at the Shelby County Jail.

Abston appears to have a long criminal record.according to memphis flyer, in 2001, pleaded guilty to kidnapping a local lawyer and forcing him to withdraw money from an ATM. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released in his 2020, according to state prison records.

Police say they have arrested another person, apparently a relative of Abston, but do not believe he is involved in Fletcher’s kidnapping. arrested on suspicion.

“Eliza Fletcher has not been located at this time. MPD investigators and officers, along with local and federal partners, continue the search for Mrs. Fletcher,” Memphis Police said.

Fletcher graduated from Hutchinson School in Memphis in 2006 and received a teaching degree from Belmont University. She has been married for eight years.

Her family offered a $50,000 reward for her safe return. Fletcher’s grandfather runs his Orgill, a hardware supply giant his family started and now he’s worth over $3.2 billion.

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