Cleotha Abston is accused of kidnapping heiress Eliza Fletcher

A 38-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping teacher Eliza Fletcher, who has still not been found, Memphis police said Sunday morning.

News of Cleotha “Pookie” Abston’s arrest comes a day after investigators revealed they found an “interesting vehicle” in the kidnapping of Fletcher, a married mother of two boys whose grandfather was a wealthy philanthropist.

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

Fletcher was jogging near the University of Memphis on Friday morning when attackers in an SUV loaded her into the vehicle and drove away.

Police said they arrested a second person, apparently a relative of Abston’s but do not believe he was connected to Fletcher’s kidnapping. Instead, Mario Abston, 36, was hit with gun and drug charges.

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

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

Her family has offered a $50,000 reward for her safe return. Fletcher’s grandfather ran Orgill, the hardware giant his family founded, which is now worth over $3.2 billion. Cleotha Abston is accused of kidnapping heiress Eliza Fletcher


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