The family of missing Memphis teacher Eliza Fletcher made an emotional plea as the search for the mom of two continues.
“We believe someone knows what happened and can help,” her uncle Mike Keeney said Saturday, as her husband Richard Fletcher III stood next to him wiping away tears.
“More than anything we want to see Liza returned home safely,” he continued, also joined by her parents and brother.
The 34-year-old Tennessee mom of two vanished after being abducted during her morning jog Friday. Cleotha Abston was charged Sunday with especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence, hours after cops found him inside the black SUV wanted in connection with Fletcher’s disappearance. The mom has yet to be located.
A second man was also charged Sunday during the investigation but is currently not believed to be connected to Fletcher’s abduction.
Eliza is the granddaughter of billionaire hardware magnate Joseph Orgill III, who founded the private family business Orgill Inc. Her family has offered a $50,000 reward for information in her disappearance.
“Liza has touched the hearts of many people, and it shows,” Keeney said broadcast on Facebook live. “We want to thank the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, TBI, FBI, and all of the other law enforcement agencies who are working tirelessly to find Liza. The family has met with police and we have shared with them all the information we know.”
On Saturday, Eliza’s father-in-law Richard Fletcher Jr. said “it’s just a matter of waiting and hoping and praying.”
He said he and his son have talked “about his wife [being] missing and how hard it is and how unexpected it is and how hard it is to cope with something that seems so random.”
Eliza was running on Central Avenue in Memphis at 4:30 a.m. when she was forced into a dark-colored SUV, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
She was wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts at the time, police said. She is 5’6″ and 137 pounds, has brown hair, and has green eyes.