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Suspect Charged in Murder of MacKenzie Lueck

Ayoola Ajayi charged with aggravated murder, 3 other counts

(Newser) - Police found MacKenzie Lueck's remains last week, and on Wednesday Ayoola Ajayi was formally charged with aggravated murder in the killing of the University of Utah 23-year-old. Ajayi, 31, was also charged with aggravated kidnapping, second-degree felony obstruction of justice, and third-degree felony desecration of a body, the Salt ... More »

Police Find Remains of Mackenzie Lueck

University of Utah student went missing earlier this month

(Newser) - An expected but grim development in the case of Utah student Mackenize Lueck : Police have found the remains of the 23-year-old, reports ABC News . “We have retrieved Mackenzie Lueck from Logan Canyon,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Friday, adding that he had made "another... More »

Mackenzie Lueck Suspect Wrote Disturbing Novel

2 people burned to death in Ayoola Ajayi's book

(Newser) - A book by the man accused of kidnapping and murdering University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been pulled from sale on Amazon—and its subject matter now seems highly disturbing. In "Forge Identity," which Ayoola Ajayi started advertising last year, a teenager watches his friend and a... More »

Suspect in Utah Student's Murder Once Accused of Rape

But investigation went nowhere after woman wouldn't press charges

(Newser) - The man accused of killing a University of Utah student was previously accused of rape by a co-worker, according to a police report obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune . Ayoola A. Ajayi, who faces charges including murder and kidnapping in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck , was investigated in 2014... More »

Utah Suspect Asked Contractor to Build a Soundproof Room

Request for hooks in walls raised suspicion

(Newser) - The man charged in the slaying of a University of Utah student wanted a contractor to build a soundproof room in his house, no matter the cost, with a thumb lock, hooks on the walls and a secret entrance. "I don’t know what he wanted it for,"... More »

Police Make Arrest in Death of Missing Student

Suspect Ayoola Ajayi burned MacKenzie Lueck's body, police chief says

(Newser) - A University of Utah student who had been missing since June 17 is dead, Salt Lake City police said in announcing the arrest of a man they say killed her. Police said Ayoola Ajayi, 31, killed MacKenzie Lueck and burned her body. A SWAT team took Ajayi into custody Friday... More »

Ominous Development in Mackenzie Lueck Case

Police search Salt Lake City home, say there is 'nexus' between it, disappearance

(Newser) - An ominous development in the search for missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck: Police served a search warrant on a Salt Lake City home believed to be connected to the case Wednesday—and around midnight, officers were seen carrying shovels to the backyard. Assistant Salt Lake City Police Chief... More »

Police Release Last Known Footage of Missing Student

Investigators probe Lueck's use of dating apps

(Newser) - Police investigating the baffling disappearance of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck released images from the last known footage of her Tuesday and pleaded for the public's help. Police said surveillance cameras captured the 23-year-old at Salt Lake City International Airport between 2:09am and 2:40am on June... More »

New Twist in Case of Missing Utah Student

Police say Mackenzie Lueck met somebody at a park

(Newser) - A new twist in the disappearance of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck: Police say the 23-year-old met somebody at a park in North Salt Lake around 3am on Monday, June 17, soon after she returned to Utah from her grandmother's funeral in California, CNN reports. Lueck, who took... More »

Utah Student Disappears After Taking Lyft From Airport

Mackenzie Lueck hasn't been seen since June 17

(Newser) - Friends and relatives say they are extremely worried about Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student who hasn't been seen since the early hours of Monday, June 17. Police say Lueck, who had flown home to southern California for her grandmother's funeral, texted her mother to say... More »

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