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38-year-old man was arrested in charged in the disappearance of Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher reported missing since Friday

On Sunday, a suspect was charged in connection with the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher, a teacher from Memphis, Tennessee, who had been missing since Friday.

The New York Post said that officials charged 38-year-old Cleotha Abston with exceptionally aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence after he was found inside the black SUV that was connected to the crime.

Fletcher, a mother of two who is 34 years old and was out enjoying her morning jog when she was pushed into a GMC Terrain of a dark color.

Her great-grandfather had founded Orgill Inc., a hardware company that is now worth $3 billion, and the family was offering a prize of $50,000 to anyone who had information that could help them locate her and bring her back home.

The authorities from the Memphis police department have continued their search for the missing woman.

Dakarai Turner, an investigative reporter for Fox 13, reported on Sunday morning that the defendant is believed to have entered a guilty plea to crimes in the year 2000.

“According to public records available online, Cleotha Abston entered a guilty plea in the year 2000 on one count of exceptionally severe kidnapping as well as one count of aggravated robbery. Because he was given a term of 24 years in jail, he became eligible for release sometime in the last six to twelve months,” the author wrote:

According to an article published by the Post, an additional man who is not currently considered to have any link to the recent incident was also arrested and charged.

“Mario Abston, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell heroin, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony,” the outlet said, adding that the suspects were booked into the Shelby County Jail. “Mario Abston, 36, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and sell fentanyl,” the outlet

According to the reporter Bria Jones, DNA that was taken from shoes found at the scene identified Cleotha Abston as a suspect. Jones also mentioned that the man’s brother informed detectives that his behavior was “weird.”

According to a post that Jones published on social media, “He was spotted washing his clothes in the sink and cleaning the interior of his GMC Terrain.”

Fletcher’s uncle, Mike Keeney, said the family believes someone out there has more information regarding the case that could assist investigators:

“More than anything we want to see Liza returned home safely. The family has offered a reward for any information that leads to her safe return. We believe someone knows what happened and can help,” he told listeners.

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