(Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Missing Utah University Student Arrest

Police say Mackenzie Lueck's remains found

June 28, 2019 - 3:07 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a man charged in the death of a Utah college student connected with her for the first time the day before she disappeared, and investigators are still looking for anyone suspected of helping him.

Salt Lake City Police chief Mike Brown said Friday that 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck first communicated with 31-year-old Ayoola A. Ajayi electronically on June 16, though he declined to say how they got in touch.

Lueck disappeared hours after that first communication. Police say she met someone at a park in the early morning hours of June 17, and left with that person willingly.

Police say Ajayi has denied communicating with her after June 16, but phone location data puts them both at the park where she was last seen within a minute of each other at 3 a.m. on June 17.

Prosecutors say they are charging Ajayi with murder and aggravated kidnapping in her death. They say she was killed shortly after meeting in a park in the early-morning hours of June 17. 

Brown says burned evidence, including Lueck's things and her remains, was found at his home. The home was searched on Wednesday and Thursday and Ajayi was the man previously identified as a person of interest.