'Please pray for her': Eliza Fletcher's family and friends hold prayer vigil for missing mother of two

'Please join us in praying for Liza's safety, and that she will be found soon. Please also pray for her family,' the church said

'Please pray for her': Eliza Fletcher's family and friends hold prayer vigil for missing mother of two
A church in Memphis held a prayer vigil for Eliza Fletcher (Memphis police Department; representative image, ABC 33/40 YouTube)
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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A prayer vigil was held for missing school teacher, Eliza Fletcher, at a church in Memphis on Saturday, September 3. Fletcher was last seen on Friday, September 2, at approximately 4.30 am on Central Avenue in midtown Memphis before a man forced her into a dark-colored GMC Terrain.

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Fletcher's family, friends and the community gathered at Second Presbyterian Church and prayed for her safety and quick return. At the prayer, people were seen hugging and consoling others as the search for the teacher went into its second day without any solid information about the granddaughter of late Joseph "Joe" Orgill III, a hardware magnate.

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The church posted an 'URGENT CALL TO PRAYER' for Fletcher. "Church family, as you may have seen on many news outlets, one of our members, Eliza (Liza) Fletcher, was reportedly abducted at 4:30 am this morning while on a run. Please join us in praying for Liza's safety, and that she will be found soon. Please also pray for her family. The Sanctuary is open for prayer through this afternoon," the post said.

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Meanwhile, Memphis Police Department arrested a man allegedly connected with the case of the missing of the mother of two. Cleotha Abston, 38, was detained by the officials, police said, adding that he is currently facing charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

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(Photo:@lizawfletcher/Instagram, Sherelle Clark/Facebook)
(Photo:@lizawfletcher/Instagram, Sherelle Clark/Facebook)

"The investigation into the abduction of Eliza Fletcher is still active and ongoing. Investigators are continuing the search and following all leads," the police department said.

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As per the report by authorities, Fletcher, a deeply committed runner was out on a usual run near the University of Memphiswhen she was approached by an unknown man who pushed her into his vehicle. A day later, officials revealed that they had located the vehicle but the teacher's location was still unknown.

Fletcher is described as a WHITE woman with blonde hair and green eyes. She is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and weighs around 137 pounds. She was wearing a pink athletic top and purple running shorts, with her hair up and a matching headband. Anyone with information related to the abduction is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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