Lady kidnapped whereas jogging close to Memphis College, police mentioned

A woman jogging early Friday was abducted near the University of Memphis, police said.

Eliza Fletcher.Memphis Police Department

The woman, Eliza Fletcher, 34, was jogging around 4:20 a.m. when an “unknown person” approached her and forced her into a dark-colored SUV in the area of ​​Central Avenue and Zach H. Curlin Street, Memphis police said an explanation .

Fletcher’s personal belongings were recovered, but she was not found. At the time of the kidnapping, she was wearing purple sweatpants and a pink top.

Just after 4 p.m. Saturday, the Memphis Police Department announced that they had located an “interesting vehicle” and arrested its driver for questioning.

“Eliza Fletcher was not found,” the department tweeted. “This is an ongoing investigation.”

The FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation helped locate the avid runner, kindergarten teacher, and mother of two.

At a news conference on Saturday, police said security video evidence of a possible kidnapping has raised the priority of the case as it was converted from missing person to kidnapping.

On Saturday, family members, who they call Liza, released a statement, which was read by Fletcher’s uncle, Michael Keeney.

“Liza touched the hearts of many people,” he said, noting an outpouring of support and goodwill.

“The family have met with police and we have given them all the information we have,” Keeney said. “More than anything, we want Liza to have returned home safely.”

According to NBC affiliate WMC, the family has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to their safe return.

Daniela Mencos and Anthony Cusumano contributed.

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