Billionaire heiress murdered in the US

The granddaughter of the late billionaire Joseph Orgill III, an elementary school teacher and mother of two, was kidnapped and murdered in the city of Memphis

By iProfessional

07/09/2022 – 10,39hs

The kidnapping y murder of one billionaire heiress US has shocked the residents of the USA and in particular those of the city of Memphisen Tennessee.

Her name was Eliza Fletcher, 34, and her body was found Monday in the back of a duplex apartment. near the community where I used to go jogging.

Authorities arrested a 38-year-old man named Cleotha Abston in connection with the case.

The now defendant served a previous sentence of 20 years in prison for kidnapping a prominent state attorney at gunpoint in 2000. He was released in 2020.

a primary school teacher

Fletcher was the mother of two children and worked as a teacher. She was abducted while she was jogging Friday morning near the University of Memphis campus.

Well known in the community, Fletcher was the granddaughter of the late Joseph Orgill III, a billionaire philanthropist and local hardware tycoon. Her company is valued at more than $3 billion and employs more than 5,000 people.


Security cameras captured the victim moments before his disappearance.

The family issued a statement after the discovery of the body they said they are “heartbroken and devastated”.

“Liza was a great joy to many: her family, friends, colleagues, students, parents, members of her Second Presbyterian Church congregation, and all who knew her,” the statement quotes.

“Now is the time to remember and celebrate how special she was and to support those who cared so much about her.”

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Fletcher disappeared around 4:00 a.m. local time on Friday (09:00 a.m. GMT).

Security camera footage from the area shows how a man approached her and a physical confrontation ensued. between the two

The kidnapper then forced her into a black van, according to police documents.

Authorities arrested a 38-year-old man named Cleotha Abston in connection with the case.

His family offered a reward of $50,000 for information on his whereabouts.

Memphis police found the body Monday afternoon, but did not immediately provide details of his identity.

This Tuesday they revealed that it was the billionaire heiress.

The accused

At the time of the discovery of the body, Abstonwho was arrested on Saturday, He had already been charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence..

Additional charges have now been “added against him for first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of a kidnapping,” police said in an update.

The man was arrested after his DNA was detected on a pair of sandals found near where Fletcher was last seen.

Agents also found a vehicle at the address where Abston was staying that matched what the security cameras showed.

When US Marshals arrived at the residence the suspect attempted to flee but was later captured.

No details have emerged about the exact cause of death or the motivations for the crime.