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Heiress’s family Eliza Fletcher shatters the silence following the finding of the body.

The family of slain Memphis heiress Eliza Fletcher said Tuesday that the finding of her remains devastated them and urged individuals to remember “how remarkable” the teacher and mother of two was.

This terrible loss has torn their hearts and saddened them.  Liza was a delight to so many people – her family, friends, coworkers, students, parents, members of her Second Presbyterian Church congregation, and all who knew her, the family stated.

It’s now time to commemorate and celebrate how amazing she was, and to encourage those who loved her so much, they wrote of Fletcher, 34.

Police verified Tuesday that the corpse recovered in Memphis on Monday was definitely Fletcher’s, and they charged her suspected abductor, Cleotha Abston, 38, with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in abduction.

Cops looking for the mother discovered the corpse at 5:07 p.m. Monday, more than 36 hours after Abston was accused of aggravated abduction. On Friday, Fletcher disappeared after going for an early morning exercise.

According to investigators, Abston, who has already served 20 years in jail for a brutal abduction, declined to disclose where Fletcher was.

They appreciate all of the sentiments of love and concern, Fletcher’s family stated. They are eternally thankful to local, state, and federal law enforcement for their diligent efforts to find Liza and put the perpetrator of this heinous act to justice.

Fletcher was the heir to the billion-dollar hardware empire of Orgill Inc.

Fletcher’s former school, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, also shared their sympathies on Tuesday.

They are devastated by the death of Liza Fletcher, their beloved teacher, colleague, and friend.  Their thoughts are with the families of Fletcher, Orgill, and Wellford, the school said.

Eliza Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother and teacher, was abducted and her body was discovered in Memphis.

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