Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mackenzie Lueck's Charred Remains Found in Backyard of Suspected Killer Ayoola Ajayi

Mackenzie Lueck's Charred Remains Found in Backyard of Suspected Killer Ayoola Ajayi

MacKenzie Lueck - the University of Utah student who was last seen on June 17 - is dead, Salt Lake City Police say.

"After an exhaustive week of investigation we are filing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body in the homicide of MacKenzie Lueck", Brown said.

Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, flew in to Salt Lake City International Airport from a family funeral in California and texted her parents at 1 a.m. when she landed.

Sorority member Lueck, 23, disappeared after taking a Lyft vehicle on June 17 from the airport to a park located miles from her apartment.

In this June 24, 2019 file photo, a jogger runs pass a poster of Mackenzie Lueck at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

Ajayi, 31, is an information technology worker who attended college on and off but never earned a degree and was briefly in the Army National Guard but didn't complete basic training.

Brown says burned evidence, including Lueck's things and her remains, was found at his home.

He was arrested without incident Friday morning by a SWAT team.

June 20 - Lueck missed a midterm exam at the University of Utah, where she is a nursing student.

Police have not indicated if they suspect foul play, but said they were anxious as she has missed classes and flights. "But if they don't know, they aren't really worth your time", her comment said.

"A forensic excavation of the burn area was conducted, which resulted in the finding of several charred items that were consistent with personal items of Mackenzie Lueck", Brown told reporters.

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Meanwhile. a neighbor of the homeowner who is a person of interest told Fox News on Thursday that "many women" frequented his home. She had been a student since 2014 and had an off-campus apartment. Inside Edition reported that Lueck's "charred remains" were found in Ajayi's backyard.

"He slowly added on other requests, like building a secret door and adding hooks to the wall", Wolf said, explaining how the individual asked him to come to the home and give him an estimate for the potential project.

The police chief said investigators were seeking to determine if others were involved.

She stopped communicating about 3 a.m.


Detectives have spoken with the homeowner, Brown said in a news conference Thursday. "The Salt Lake City Police Department filed murder charges today, and the investigation will continue as the department works to present the case to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution".

A University of Utah student who took a late-night Lyft ride from the airport last week has not been seen since, Salt Lake City police said.

June 23, Sunday - Lueck missed a scheduled flight back to California.

Salt Lake City police said the person was brought in Friday morning, but did not immediately provide further details ahead of a planned news conference. Police also are searching for a mattress and box spring they say were given away from the home last week and could be related to Lueck's disappearance. Her family and friends did not see or hear from her after that morning.

Lueck's sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, said in a statement the group is grieving her loss and hoping the members closest to her can find comfort as they remember her lasting impact on her loved ones.

Monday, June 24 - Police make plea for anyone who last saw Lueck to contact them.

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