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Who is Eliza Fletcher?Memphis teacher kidnapped while jogging in the morning

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Eliza Fletcher, the 34-year-old Memphis mother of two Liza passed, was snatched while jogging early Friday morning.

Investigators say the junior kindergarten teacher was “abducted and forced into a medium-sized, dark SUV” around 4:30 a.m. as she was driving down Central Avenue near the University of Memphis.

Memphis police told Fox News Digital that they received two calls around 7:45 a.m., one from Fletcher’s husband, Richard Fletcher III, and one from the university. They found some of her belongings at the scene and were told that a man had approached Fletcher and, after a struggle, forced her into a dark SUV, which the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation later identified as her. Identified it as a GMC terrain.

Authorities said she regularly jogged in the area. Fletcher is an avid runner and has qualified for her marathon in Boston.

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A photo provided by Memphis police shows Eliza Fletcher running early Friday morning

A photo provided by Memphis police shows Eliza Fletcher running early Friday morning
(Memphis Police Department)

Fletcher married her husband Richard on March 8, 2014 at the Dixon Galleries and Gardens on Park Avenue, according to a Memphis Magazine wedding announcement. She is described as “outdoorsy, athletic, and warm.”

Since then, he’s celebrated his anniversary on Instagram every year, including this year’s series of selfies.

“[Eight] It took me years in the making with this smoking hot babe,” he wrote. Even if gastroenteritis is running in our house! ”

Fletcher’s parents declined to comment. No one answered the phone at the house Ms. Fletcher shares with her husband and her two children. Images posted online showed a significant police presence there on Friday night.

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Fletcher was an avid runner

Fletcher was an avid runner
(Liza Fletcher/Facebook)

In a March 2021 Instagram post, her husband Richard Fletcher celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary with an image of the two smiling at an outdoor brunch table.

“Yesterday was seven years married to this beauty!” he wrote. “If you were to ask us if we were seven years old in the third year, we would probably say NO. It seems that no note was given that a healthy marriage is not easy. Thankfully.” First, we believed in each other and asked for help.”

“I am so grateful for individual counseling, couples counseling, recovery and my friends! I honestly couldn’t have done it any other way!”

Memphis police told Fox News Digital on Friday evening that her husband and two children were safe.

In an earlier news briefing, she said police linked Fletcher’s kidnapping to reports from the beginning of the semester that someone had been harassing members of the University of Memphis women’s cross-country team as they ran in the area. said he was not aware of

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Last year, the school she works at, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, praised her in a Facebook post as someone who “lights up every room she walks into with a smile.”

“She is a caring and passionate teacher who is always looking for creative ways to teach all learners,” the post reads.

In a letter to students on Friday, school principal Albert Throckmorton wrote that Fletcher, identified as a “JK teacher,” was “reported to have been kidnapped early this morning.”

She is a Baylor University alumnus with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Science. She later earned her master’s degree in education from Belmont University.

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Fletcher was ‘reported missing without returning home’ at 7 a.m.
(Jennifer Sink/Facebook)


Fletcher is depicted as a white woman with blond hair and green eyes. She is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 137 pounds. She wore her pink athletic top and purple running her shorts, her hair up and a matching headband.

If you have information about a kidnapping, please call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Lawrence Richard of Fox News contributed to this report.