Police: Missing University of Utah student, Mackenzie Lueck’s death; and a man who is accused of the murder of

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The Salt Lake City police department, announce that they have taken a person into custody in connection with the disappearance of the 23-year-old student, and Matt and I did the last one.

Salt Lake City-police have charged a man with murder in the death of the missing, of the University of Utah’s student Mackenzie Lueck, officials announced Friday.

The suspect, identified as Ayoola Ajayi, was taken into custody Friday morning and face the costs of increased kidnapping, desecration of a human body and obstruction of justice, at the Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said.

“I do not want to say that the killer’s name,” an emotional Brown told reporters.

Lueck, 23, was last seen at a meeting with an unknown individual at the time of 3 o’clock in the morning on the 17th of June, in the vicinity of a park in Salt Lake City after being dropped off by a Lyft driver.

Salt Lake City-police have one man in custody in connection with a missing University of Utah student, MacKenzie Lueck of Salt Lake City on Friday. (AP/Deseret News)

Her uncle, read a statement on behalf of her family, on Friday, said they want to “thank you” to all of the law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation. He also said that her family was “grateful” to all the people who supported it.

The police searched for Ajayi’s Salt Lake City home this week, and named him as a person of interest to arrest him Friday. During their search, they dug holes in the backyard, and removed items from the property for further forensic examination.

Brown said that she was at the neighbor’s house and told the police they saw the suspect light a fire in the back yard. He said that researchers need to have a fresh dig up the area in the back yard as well as the scorch of the personal effects of Lueck.


The defendant has recently expressed a desire to build the secret room is soundproofed and is equipped with hooks in the walls, in the basement of his home, a contractor may be revealed to Fox News on Friday.

Brian Wolf, who is the owner of a home repair company in Utah, said Ajayi put it in April, and I asked him to give an assessment of the potential refurbishment project.

“He’s slowly added on different questions, such as the construction of a secret door, and the addition of hooks on the wall,” Wolf told Fox News, adding that, in the end declined the offer of a job because he was “weirded out” by the application.

A Facebook profile apparently belonging to Ayoola Ajayi has pictures of him in a US Army uniform.

He does seem to have a profile on a website where aspiring models are looking for a job.

“I’m a big, buffed up, that’s Funny. I am a victim of the Romantic, the Violent, and the character of the actor,” the profile reads. This page contains several photographs of himself posing bare-chested.

Ayayi, also appears to have been published as an e-book last year titled, “Forge Identity”, about a teenage boy who has witnessed a violent murder, and then you have to decide whether or not he will be joining the ranks of a criminal mastermind, or have to fight in order to escape from the oppression that surrounded his early life.


The author of the biography on an Amazon page where the book stated claims, Ajayi was born and brought up in Africa, “was killed in a tyrannical dictatorship, to escape from a real-life crime, and went international,” and “did the work in a variety of industries and sectors.”

On an Airbnb profile, apparently belonging to him, which has been taken from the website — Ajayi will be advertised for two “a beautiful and affordable basement room in the heart, [Salt Lake City] and all with a shared common space, for $27, and $30 per room per night, in the house, and the police were looking for it this week.

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Fox News’ Cristina Corbin contributed to this report.

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