What we know so far
Vehicle seen on video found, one detained by the police
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Authorities continue to search for a missing mother from Memphis who was last seen jogging near the University of Memphis area.
Police said on Saturday they found the SUV wanted in connection with the disappearance of Eliza Fletcher and arrested a man. It is not known if this person is facing charges at this time.
Fletcher has yet to be located, 36 hours after she was last seen on Central Avenue near the University of Memphis. His family is offering a $50,000 reward for information.
National media said Fletcher was the granddaughter of the late Joseph “Joe” Orgill III, a Memphis businessman and philanthropist.
Below is a video provided by the family:
“We believe someone knows what happened and can help,” Fletcher’s uncle, Mike Keeney, said in a video released by the family. “The family have met with the police and we have shared with them all the information we know. More than anything, we want to see Liza get home safely.
Eliza Fletcher, who lives in the 1500 block of Carr in Midtown, went out for a run early Friday and did not return home.
Police say she was seen on Central Avenue and Zach Curlin Street near the University of Memphis around 4:20 a.m. when an unknown person approached her.
Fletcher, the mother of two young boys, was allegedly forced into a dark-colored GMC Terrain. The suspect is believed to have headed west on Central Avenue.
Fletcher’s personal items were found, but she did not return home, police said. A family friend told WREG his phone was found in the area, at which time authorities were alerted.
According to CrimeStoppers, Fletcher’s family is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads police to suspects. Several agencies are now involved in the search for Fletcher, including the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.
Hutchison School said on his Facebook page that Fletcher was a 2006 graduate and asked students to pray for her safe return. They confirmed that she was a teacher at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
The Second Presbyterian Church identified Fletcher as a member of the church. the church published on facebook that his sanctuary is open for prayer on Friday afternoon.
Fletcher is the granddaughter of a well-known philanthropist and a close relative of a federal judge.
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