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UT MACKENZIE LUECK: Missing from Salt Lake City, UT - 17 June 2019 - Age 23 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    University of Utah student disappears after Lyft ride


    23-year-old University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck hasn’t been heard from since Monday when she landed at the Salt Lake City International Airport and took a Lyft ride.

    “I just have no idea what happened to her, where she is. Nobody does, and it’s pretty terrifying,” said friend Andrew Bolling.

    He says she had flown back from her grandmother’s funeral around 1 a.m. Monday. She took a Lyft and reportedly texted her parents she was OK.

    She hasn’t been heard from since — and friends say her phone is turned off.

    “Whether she’s endangered or not, that’s a tough thing for us to say. We’re just treating it right now as we’d like to find her,” said Detective Michael Ruff with Salt Lake City Police.

    Police confirm she has been listed as a missing person — but, they say, they were notified of her disappearance Thursday.

    “We need to make sure she’s OK,” said Ruff.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Salt Lake City police release new photos of missing U of U student, reveal Lyft destination

    Salt Lake City police have released new photos of missing University of Utah student last seen on Monday, and have revealed the destination she reportedly gave to her Lyft operator.

    Mackenzie Lueck, 23, had returned from visiting her family in California, and last texted her family from the Salt Lake International Airport at about 1 a.m. Monday, police say.

    Lueck’s message said she was going to take a Lyft, and a witness told police that she was seen leaving in a Lyft. Salt Lake police say her destination was an address in North Salt Lake.

    The residence Lueck reportedly shares with roommates is in Salt Lake City.

    “SLCPD has been conducting a missing persons investigation, and has spoken with Lyft as well as the Lyft driver,” a statement released Saturday says. “Lyft and their driver have cooperated with the investigation.”

    On Friday, Lyft officials released a statement confirming they had talked with police.

    “We recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck. The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigation.”

    Lyft added that the route contained no irregularities and ended at the destination as originally entered by the rider, and the driver continued providing rides immediately after the ride ended.

    Salt Lake Police have not uncovered any indication that Lueck has been harmed or is in danger, the new statement says, but “Detectives are concerned for Mackenzie’s welfare.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Friends try to find missing woman Mackenzie Lueck with questions and Lauren McCluskey on some minds

    As cars rolled into the north entrance of Liberty Park on Saturday evening, Sara Richardson-Williams held out flyers and pushed them toward the passenger side windows.

    “This little girl is missing,” Richardson-Williams said repeatedly, turning the flyer toward the cars’ occupants.

    The missing person is Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student. She’s in the same sorority as Richardson-Williams’ daughter. Richardson-Williams can’t help but think of Lueck as she would her own daughter, and the mother on Saturday described herself as “very, worried, very concerned.”

    The parents of Mackenzie Lueck reported their daughter missing Thursday afternoon, though early Monday was the last time anyone heard from her. Friends and people who have heard about Lueck’s disappearance in the news and on social media went around Salt Lake City on Saturday to distribute flyers.

    Liberty Park was the first focus. There were plans later in the evening to distribute flyers in other Salt Lake City parks and at the Utah Arts Festival, which continues through Sunday.

    Fine said Lueck’s phone has been off since Monday, and she has not been active on social media; Lueck didn’t show up for her job at a Salt Lake City laboratory nor classes at the U.; her cat and her car remain at her house. Lueck’s luggage hasn’t been located either, Fine said.

    Fine said she didn’t know why Lueck would go to North Salt Lake or anywhere other than home. Fine assumes Lueck was meeting someone, but doesn’t know who. Lueck had no significant other, Fine said.

  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    With the information we have right now, I'm going to assume she knows some guy in North Salt Lake. They need to check her phone.
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  6. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    According to police, Lueck landed home from a trip around 1 a.m. She then ordered a Lyft to an unfamiliar address in North Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribunereports. According to friends, Lueck’s phone has been off since she went missing, her car is still at her home, and her luggage hasn’t been found. She has not shown up to work, or class, since that early morning ride.

    Find MacKenzie Lueck facebook states 'they' will be holding a press conference today.
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  7. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Missing a week now ☹ .. I wonder what, or who, is at the unfamiliar address where she was dropped off ?:detective:
  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It's not looking good. I hope they find her quickly and she is okay!
  9. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member


    Missing University of Utah student was last seen meeting someone at a park, Salt Lake City police say

    By Chris Boyette and Joe Sterling, CNN

    Updated at 2221 GMT (0621 HKT) June 24, 2019

    College student missing after late-night rideshare 01:14

    (CNN) — A University of Utah senior missing for more than a week was last seen at a park where she met someone in a car, Salt Lake City police said.

    Mackenzie Lueck, 23, arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport on June 17 after visiting family.

    She then took a Lyft to Hatch Park in North Salt Lake, where she was last seen in the early-morning hours.

    "Mackenzie was met at Hatch Park by an individual in a vehicle. The Lyft driver left Mackenzie at the park with that person and stated that Mackenzie did not appear to be in any type of distress," Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt told reporters on Monday.

    Doubt said detectives are canvassing the area around the park and are looking for video surveillance. He said police have not yet confirmed the make or model of the car or obtained a description of the person.

    "To date the family and her friends have not heard from her," Doubt said. Police confirmed she missed a flight to Los Angeles on the morning of June 23. He said Lueck, who lives in an apartment in Salt Lake City, also missed a midterm exam.

    "At this time there is no evidence that any harm has come to her. However because of the circumstances of the case we want to make sure that she is all right."

    Police said Lyft and the Lyft driver have cooperated with the investigation. The Lyft driver confirmed the route Lueck took and said she met someone after she was dropped off.

    Lyft said that the route had no irregularities and ended at the destination Lueck entered. The driver continued providing rides immediately after the ride ended, the company said.

    "We recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck," Lyft said. "The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigation."

    Authorities believe her phone has not been on since June 17. They haven't been able to find its location, police said.

    Police said that sometimes missing people don't want to be reached. If that is the case, they ask Lueck to reach out to police to let them know if she is safe.

    "Mackenzie, we are asking you to please reach out to either the Salt Lake City police department or a law enforcement agency where you are at. We want to make sure you are safe and we will respect your wishes," Doubt said.

    Police have set up a tip line -- 801-799-4420.

    "We are asking anyone with information to please contact us," Doubt said.

    Friend and sorority sister Ashley Fine told CNN affiliate KSL that Lueck has missed exams.

    "She's extremely dedicated. She would never miss her midterms or anything like that," Fine told the Salt Lake City TV station. "She hasn't been home. She didn't show up to work, or anything."

    Lueck had been at a family funeral in California, and last texted her parents at 1 a.m. June 17 when she landed back in Salt Lake City, CNN affiliate KSTU said.

    "Detectives have been working throughout the weekend & will continue to follow any/all leads," police said Sunday night. "We are aware of info being shared by her friends & others about this case."
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  10. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    They (LE) can't subpoena for her phone records since they don't have any evidence of foul play to present to a judge unfortunately. And with her phone turned off it's starting to appear as though she made a choice to 'disappear'.

    However, that's MOO and always subject to change. :)
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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    She comes back from an emergency trip and asks the driver to take her to meet someone in a park in the wee hours of the morning.

    Something does NOT add up here. Maybe she's not the owner of her cell phone plan and the owner can look up her phone records? I hope!
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  12. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member

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  13. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    So when you say the phone is turned off, do you mean disconnected or just powered off?
    Strange how her phone being turned off makes it appear as if she made a choice to disappear.. It really is unfortunate that they cannot subpoena her phone records.. I feel like if she is in trouble there is only a short window to locate her whereabouts using the phone data. Otherwise who knows who has had her phone since then. It could be in the middle of the ocean for all we know. It seems to me that there should be enough evidence of fowl play if someone disappears and its totally out of character for them. Honestly, what reason would she have to such a thing? To just abandon her studies? As a college student, I know I'm not going to just walk away from all that hard work and effort and just disappear.. Hypothetically, if I did, there is some kind of mental breakdown happening- which in itself could cause someone to be endangered and needing help.
    Ugh! I wish they would find some way to track her down before it's too late (if not already too late)!!
  14. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Powered off, not disconnected. The search warrants that were applied for by the Sheriff are being kept close to the vest. He's also publically stated that if she's out there listening and is ok just to call and advise them of such and her whereabouts won't be disclosed.

    She met someone at a park voluntarily at 3 am. This was a planned arrangement. Perhaps she wanted to break free from whatever stressors she had and start knew.

    Trying to keep this positive and hoping she's safe somewhere.
  15. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member



    By ABC7.com staff

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KABC) -- Salt Lake City police detectives are serving a search warrant on a home Wednesday night in connection with missing Southern California college student MacKenzie Lueck.

    The 23-year-old from El Segundo, Calif. has been missing for more than a week since she flew back to school in Utah.

    Salt Lake police served a search warrant on a home in the Rose Park neighborhood Wednesday night.

    "After developing leads in the McKenzie Lueck missing person case, we have served a search warrant on a home in Rose Park," said assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt. "Obviously we are treating this with a high degree of care and caution as it is an open case."

    Doubt declined to release details about the person who lives at the home and their possible connection to Lueck's disappearance. He said detectives expected to continue searching the home throughout the night.
  16. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear they are searching! The area surrounding the neighborhood is full of places to get lost or to "lose someone".. :oops:

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  17. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

  18. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Mackenzie Lueck disappearance: Police spotted digging holes at Utah home after neighbors report recent fire, ‘strong stench’

    Police combing a Salt Lake City home for clues on the whereabouts of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck were spotted digging holes into its backyard early this morning following claims from neighbors that its owner recently was burning something that let off a “strong stench.”

    Lueck, 23, was last seen meeting an unknown individual around 3 a.m. on June 17 near a park in Salt Lake City after being dropped off by a Lyft driver. She hailed the ride after flying in from Los Angeles – where she had attended a funeral – and has not been heard from since.

    “#SLCPD served a search warrant on a house in Fairpark with a nexus to the missing MacKenzie Lueck case,” the Salt Lake City Police Department tweeted early this morning, without elaborating on what -- if anything -- they have found.

    Police in Salt Lake City say they served a search warrant at a home "with a nexus to the missing MacKenzie Lueck case."
    (Salt Lake City Police Department)

    In the overnight hours, investigators were seen carrying shovels into the property’s backyard.


    Aerial footage captured hours later by a helicopter belonging to news station KSL then showed police inspecting numerous, freshly-dug holes.

    Brown paper bags -- presumably police evidence -- were spotted lined up in front of the home’s doorway, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. A car also reportedly was towed away by investigators.

    “We just want to make sure…[we] get all the information that we can before we share just speculation,” Salt Lake Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt told reporters late last night.

    Neighbors who spoke to the newspaper say they recently saw the homeowner burning something in his backyard and smoke from the fire was traveling into their windows.

    “It definitely assaulted your nose,” Joseph Peterson, who lives one block west of the home, told the Salt Lake Tribune, describing how he got home one night from work only to smell a “strong stench” in the air.

    Another neighbor, Tom Camomile, described the homeowner as a person who rarely spoke to anyone else while outdoors and had turned part of the home into an Airbnb rental property.

    This undated photo taken from the Facebook page #FindMackenzieLueck shows a Mackenzie Lueck, 23, a senior at the University of Utah,
    who was last seen a week ago. Police and friends are investigating the disappearance of the University of Utah student who
    hasn't been heard from since she flew back to Salt Lake City last Monday after visiting family in El Segundo, California. (AP)

    “There are people coming and going most of the time,” he told the Salt Lake Tribune.

    It’s not clear if the unknown individual that Lueck is said to have met at the park is the owner of the home or the renter.

    An Airbnb listing of the property advertised "beautiful and affordable basement rooms in the heart of [Salt Lake City] with shared common area" for $27 and $30 a night.

    One reviewer wrote that the host "is the kindest person, and the room is spacious enough for one or two," while another said she stayed there for two weeks before the "super kind" individual "offered to help me move."

    But neighbors are worried about the search, and fear something "really bad" has happened at the property.

    “The K-9’s [were] here. They’ve been in the backyard. They’ve been looking in the car," Cheri Pearson told Fox News. "I told my husband ‘this is bigger than just a dope deal, or something – something really bad has happened over there.'”

  19. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Per news conference:

    This is still a missing person's case.
    The owner of the home is considered a suspect.
    Police are asking the person who removed box springs and mattress from the home recently to please contact them.

    Those are a few of the highlights of the news conference.

    I'm sure I don't have to say this doesn't look good; but, it doesn't.


    Fox News Alert‏Verified account@foxnewsalert 4m4 minutes ago
    Police name Salt Lake City homeowner 'person of interest' in case of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh no.... :( I was really afraid of this kind of report coming.....
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