Memphis police have located the vehicle of interest and detained a person amid the search for Eliza Fletcher who was abducted while out for a run on Friday. The 34-year-old, however, is yet to be located.
“The vehicle of interest has been located and a male who was occupying the vehicle has been detained. Eliza Fletcher has not been located. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH,” Memphis Police Department tweeted on Saturday.
Fletcher was jogging near the University of Memphis campus at approximately 4:30 am on Friday when she was approached by a man who forced her into a dark-colored GMC Terrain after a brief struggle, police said.
Her family reported her missing when she did not return home from her regular morning run. Her cellphone water bottle were discovered in front of a house owned by the university, authorities said.
Fletcher’s family has offered a $50,000 reward for information in the case.
“We look forward to Eliza’s safe return and hope that this award will help police capture those who committed this crime,” Fletcher’s family said in a statement released Friday night through Crimestoppers.
Fletcher, mother-of-two is the granddaughter of the late Joseph “Joe” Orgill III, a Memphis hardware businessman and philanthropist, according to news outlets.
She has been described at being 5-foot-6 and 137 pounds (1.68 meters and 62 kilograms) with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink jogging top and purple running shorts.
Memphis police said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI were called in to assist with the investigation.