Tennessee heiress Eliza Fletcher missing after being kidnapped and forced into SUV | US News
The family of a missing Tennessee heiress who police say was abducted and strapped to an SUV while jogging is offering $50,000 for information about her disappearance.
Eliza Fletcher, 34, has been missing since Friday morning after her usual morning walk near the University of Memphis.
Memphis Police said a vehicle of interest has been identified and a man has been arrested.
The woman’s family offered a reward of $50,000 (£43,000) on Friday night through Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance.
“We wish Eliza’s safe return and hope that this award will help police catch those responsible for this crime,” Ms Fletcher’s family said.
At a news conference on Saturday, police said security video evidence of a possible kidnapping raised the case’s priority from a missing person to a kidnapping.
Family members released a statement read by Miss Fletcher’s uncle, Michael Keeney.
“Liza has touched the hearts of so many people,” he said, noting the overwhelming support and goodwill.
“The family has met with the police, and we have shared with them all the information we know. More than anything we want to see Liza return home safely.”
Ms. Fletcher is the niece of the late Joseph “Joe” Orgill III, a Memphis hardware entrepreneur and philanthropist, according to news outlets.
The mother-of-two is described as 5ft 6in tall with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink running shirt and purple jogging shorts.
Officers went around the area where she was abducted and scoured her home, looking for clues and gathering evidence, news agencies reported.
Authorities left her home with a laptop and garden shears and towed away a cream-colored Jeep Wagoneer, WMC-TV reported.